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Two Topeka teens charged with attempted murder of two Lawrence brothers

Two teenagers from Topeka are charged with attempted first-degree murder and robbery in the shootings of two brothers at a Lawrence park.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the two suspects, both 17, made their first appearances Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.  Both pleaded not guilty.  Prosecutors could decide to try both as adults.

The charges allege that the defendants shot the two victims several times on Friday afternoon at Holcom Park during an attempted robbery.

Police haven’t released the names of the brothers, who are 18 and 16.  On Tuesday, the older brother was in critical but stable condition and the younger was in stable condition.

One of the suspects also is charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The two suspects remain in juvenile custody.

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