Lawrence man charged in June shooting death of 20-year-old

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Prosecutors have filed a charge against a Lawrence man in connection with a June shooting that resulted in a 20-year-old man’s death.

The Douglas County district attorney’s office is charging Maliqe Crenshaw, of Lawrence, with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Cameron Renner, of Topeka.

The charging document alleges that Crenshaw, who turned 23 on Thursday, acted “unintentionally, but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

Police had received several calls just after 1 a.m. Saturday, June 3, reporting the sound of gunshots in the area of 24th Street and Cedarwood Avenue, according to a news release from the department at the time.

“Officers also proactively dispatched to the hospital and witnessed a car speeding into the Emergency Department entrance,” police said in the release. “Officers pulled a male victim from the back seat, who was later pronounced deceased by hospital personnel.”

There were three men in the car with Renner who said they don’t know his identity, according to the release. Within a few days, police were able to identify Renner with the public’s assistance.

Lawrence police wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday that “After a months-long investigation, investigators were able to tie forensic evidence to Crenshaw, leading to his arrest (Tuesday).”

Crenshaw was being held in custody of the Douglas County Jail on a $500,000 cash or surety bond as of Thursday morning, according to jail records. It was not immediately clear when he would have a court appearance because of a continuing outage of the statewide court records system.

Renner was raised in Rossville and Topeka, and he graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 2021, according to his obituary. He had worked as a roofer in construction.

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

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