Victim of fatal stabbing was 66-year-old Lawrence man

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Article updated at 3:46 p.m. Thursday:

Lawrence police have released the identity of a man who was fatally stabbed in the parking lot of Dillons grocery store Wednesday morning.

The man who was killed was 66-year-old Daniel Evan Brooks, of Lawrence, according to a release from LPD Thursday afternoon.


Brooks’ dog was also injured in the incident, but he was taken to the Lawrence Humane Society, stabilized and then transported to a local animal hospital. He is expected to survive, police said Wednesday.

During a brief first appearance hearing around 3:30 Thursday afternoon, Robert Earl Davis, 54, of Lawrence, was charged with first-degree murder and cruelty to animals.

Davis had been arrested at the scene, the Dillons at 1015 W. 23rd St., Wednesday morning. Officers who arrived at the scene found him still holding a knife, but they spoke to him and convinced him to drop the weapon, according to a news release from police.

The judge set Davis’ bond at $750,000 cash or surety. Davis said he had no way of paying bond. His next court date will be Aug. 24.

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Dog who was stabbed and whose owner was killed is recovering, ‘supervising’ at Lawrence Humane Society

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Bear’s slightly scruffy, mostly-black fur is tinged with gray around his nose and paws. His big brown eyes might not appear quite as sad if we didn’t know what he had been through in the past couple of days. But we know that Wednesday morning, Bear was stabbed and went into shock.

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