MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Riley County jury could not reach a verdict in the trial for a Manhattan man charged in a home invasion shooting that left a Kansas State University student recovering from a gunshot wound.
Levertis Horne's trial ended in a hung jury last week in Riley County District Court and a mistrial was declared.
Horne faced charges of Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Battery in connection with an armed attack at an off campus apartments complex involving several Kansas State University students. One of the students, Chase Cargile, was shot in the upper torso during the robbery. His roommates suffered minor injuries.
Officers were called to the Chase Manhattan Apartments at the corner of Claflin Road and College Avenue on October 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM.
When officers arrived at the scene, they learned that a suspect disguised in a black mask and hoodie had fled the area.
Cargile was transported by Riley County Ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he was stabilized and then transported by Life Flight to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. He has since recovered from his wounds.
According to Horne’s arrest warrant, he was armed with a pistol when he took property from Cargile and his roommates.
Chase Cargile and another resident at the apartment, Austin Miller, were later arrested on warrants for the sale/distribution of hallucinogens/marijuana stemming from the police probe into the home invasion. Miller was also charged with obstruction of the legal process.
During an earlier hearing, it came out that the alleged motive for the robbery was drugs and cash that were believed to be in the apartment. Officials have alluded to the fact that several of the roommates had been dealing drugs.
Several of the victims who were inside in the apartment that night previously testified that a man wearing all black with a mask covering the lower part of his face barged in the apartment with a gun and ordered everyone to get on the ground, demanding they hand over personal property. One of the victims said Cargile and Miller went to their bedrooms and brought out property to the suspect. When Cargile got into an argument and scuffle with the gunman, three gunshots were heard and the suspect took off, leaving Cargile with gunshot wounds.
His attorney said Horne was jumped at the apartment when he went to buy drugs because the men there knew he had money on him.
Horne is scheduled to appear in court again on August 21st.
Levertis Horne was also arrested as an accomplice in the August 2011 murder of 31-year-old Kevin Cockrum, a local veteran who was beaten to death in the Aggieville district.
Horne’s friend, Justin Taylor, ended up taking a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to 18 years in connection with the deadly beating and an unrelated sexual assault.
Horne was released the day after he was arrested. Police said they did not have enough to charge him. He later testified in court against Taylor.
Kevin Cockrum, a former Army combat medic, was brutally beaten in an alleyway in Aggieville in the early morning hours of August 11, 2011 and died from severe head injuries the next day.