Archive for Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Topeka man charged in shooting

April 4, 2001

A man Topeka man has been charged with aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with last month's shooting of an 18-year-old Tonganoxie youth.

Alfreddie Kelley, 41, faces the charges in Douglas County District Court in Lawrence.

Kelley is accused of shooting Jason K. Smith, 18, Tonganoxie, in the leg with a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol. The incident occurred March 16 outside the Granada, a downtown Lawrence nightclub.

The incident occurred as Smith, a Tonganoxie High School senior, and five of his friends were leaving the Granada. One of Smith's friends, a 27-year-old Tonganoxie woman, had been kicked out of the club after getting into a fight with another woman.

Smith and their other friends, all from Tonganoxie, left with her. Once outside, a fight ensued between the woman and a second Topeka man. Smith said he began hitting the second man, and then he was shot.

Kelley is being held in Shawnee County on unrelated charges. If he makes bail there and is released, Douglas County will take him into custody, authorities said.

No court hearings for Kelley have been scheduled in Douglas County.

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