Prosecutors seek to charge Lawrence teen as adult in shooting that left 14-year-old dead

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The Douglas County district attorney’s office wants to try Derrick D. Reed, 17, as an adult in connection with an eastern Lawrence shooting that left a 14-year-old boy dead on Saturday, court records show.

Reed — who has been charged with first-degree murder, according to a brief news release from the DA’s office Monday afternoon — is scheduled for a detention hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Douglas County District Court’s juvenile division.

Lawrence police have released little information about the incident. Kamarjay Shaw, 14, was shot on Saturday in the 1300 block of Maple Lane. He was taken to the hospital, where he died, according to police. 

Police were still looking for Reed as a suspect Sunday morning, but he turned himself in Sunday afternoon. He is in custody of the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center.

The charging document lists 30 witnesses, including family members of both Reed and Kamarjay. Most of the witnesses are Lawrence police officers. (Witnesses listed on charging documents are not necessarily eyewitnesses to a crime, but anyone who prosecutors might call to testify.)

The DA’s office has filed a motion seeking to authorize prosecution as an adult. That document is not open for public inspection under state law, according to the Douglas County District Court clerk’s office.

Attorney Mark Hartman, of Leawood-based law firm Bath & Edmonds, has entered his appearance as Reed’s defense counsel. He declined to comment for this article.

All arrestees and defendants in criminal cases should be presumed not guilty unless and until they are convicted.

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