TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The man accused of breaking into the wibw-tv studios and injuring four employees will stand trial on seven charges.
Ray Anthony Miles had been charged with two counts of battery, criminal threat, criminal damage and aggravated burglary, stemming from the May 23rd break in at WIBW-TV studios.
At his preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney Veronica Dersch added a seventh charge of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, after hearing testimony from WIBW employees.
WIBW's chief engineer Cary Lahnum testified he is suffering from a detached retina and deteriorating vision after Miles kicked him in the eye.
Surveillance video shows Miles breaking through the front door of WIBW studios at 631 SW Commerce Place, after he had been turned away minutes before.
Miles came to the station and wanted WIBW to do a story about his issues with the V-A, the Veterans Administration. News Director Jon Janes turned him away.
Linda Janes, the station's receptionist, first took the witness stand, testifying that he threated Jon Janes, saying "You'll do this story one way or another." He came back a second time within minutes of being turned away and broke through the front locked foyer by smashing a lamp through the glass door.
Linda Janes and another employee, Rob Pepper, fled down the hall towards the newsroom, with Miles behind them.
Jon Janes said he was alerted to the break-in and came out of a conference room. Janes said Miles saw him, said "You refused to do my story," and hit Janes on the left chest. His head banged against the wall, Janes said, and he fell flat. Several other employees that followed tried to subdue Miles.
In that melee, witnesses Roger Brokke and Greg Palmer said Miles stabbed them with a knife, though Palmer said he did not see the weapon.
Topeka Police Detective Adam Arensdorf was the last of seven witnesses called by the prosecution, telling the court Miles told detectives shortly after the incident, "Yeah I know I stabbed him. That was my intent."
Miles is represented by Attorney Wendell Betts. In cross-examination, Betts questioned several witnesses if they actually saw the knife in Miles hand. Linda Janes, Jon Janes, Rob Pepper said they did not.
Brokke said he saw the knife being pushed into his hip by a black hand, while Lahnum said he was the one who took the knife out of Miles' hand.
District Judge Evelyn Wilson found the 48-year-old Miles fit to stand trial on all seven charges.
A jury trial has been set for September 12.
Count 1: Aggravated battery with great bodily harm against Cary Lahnum
Count 2: Aggravated battery, intentional bodily harm against Greg Palmer
Count 3: Aggravated battery, with intentional bodily harm against Roger Brokke
Count 4: Aggravated burglary
Count 5: Criminal Threat, alleged victims being Jon Janes, Roger Brokke, Cary Lahnum and Greg Palmer
Count 6: Battery against Jon Janes (He was shoved into a wall)
Count 7: Criminal damage to property less than $1000.00 tp items at the station