Man killed in fight in eastern Lawrence

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A 43-year-old man is dead following a physical fight Tuesday night in eastern Lawrence. 

Law enforcement was dispatched just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to a dispute between two men near East 25th Terrace and Franklin Road. A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy was the first to arrive on the scene in the immediate aftermath of the incident, according to a news release from the Lawrence Police Department. 

Christopher Allen Lickteig, the 43-year-old man, was unconscious on the ground, and first responders were unable to save him, according to the release. 

Officers detained a 34-year-old man at the scene. George Luke Miller, of Lawrence, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and was being held without bond at the Douglas County jail as of early Wednesday. He had not yet been charged.

“The events and circumstances of the evening, including whether the two men knew each other, are still being investigated,” according to the release. “At this early stage of the investigation, detectives do not believe weapons were involved, nor did they recover one at the scene. While we have already interviewed several witnesses, we will continue to gather evidence and track down leads to determine what led up to the event.”

Lickteig’s family has been notified, according to the release. 

Police ask that anyone who may have information about the incident call dispatch at 785-832-7509. Information may be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County at 785-843-TIPS (8477).

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

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