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Trial of man who fatally shot three people in Lawrence pushed back to June

The trial of a man charged with fatally shooting three people in downtown Lawrence has been pushed back.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that lawyers for 21-year-old Anthony Roberts Jr., of Topeka, said Friday that they needed more time to prepare for the trial. It had been scheduled to begin February 4th but was moved to June 10th. Prosecutors didn’t object to the delay.

Shaye Downing and another attorney were appointed to represent Roberts after his old attorney was kicked off the case over concerns about her competency. The concerns culminated in a judge declaring a mistrial in November.

Roberts is charged with three murder counts and one attempted murder count. Two other suspects face less series charges in the October 2017 shooting.

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