Prosecutor: Topeka fireworks stand attack may be racially motivated

July 08, 2020 - 7:37 pm

A white man has been charged with stabbing a Black man at a Topeka fireworks stand in an attack that the prosecutor said may have been racially motivated. 

Austin Bryce Langley, 40, was charged Tuesday with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and the criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in the July 2 attack in Topeka. 

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He has past convictions for aggravated battery. Public defender Cindy Sewell didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press. 

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said in a news release that he will seek a longer sentence than state sentencing guidelines call for if Langley is convicted. 

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