Jury selection enters second day in triple slaying trial

Anthony Laron Roberts Jr. shakes hands with his attorney (WIBW/Steve Fry)
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - For the second day this week, more potential jurors were questioned Tuesday to hear the trial of Anthony Laron Roberts Jr., who is charged with the 2017 shooting deaths of two men and a woman on a downtown Lawrence street corner.
Jury selection in the trial of the 22-year-old Roberts started Monday in a Douglas County District Courtroom.
District Court Judge Sally Pokorny is handling the trial of Roberts who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder.
Once the jury is chosen, prosecution and defense attorneys likely will make opening statements to jurors. However, if the jury is selected late in the day, opening statements likely will be made the first thing the next day.
The trial is expected to last one-and-a-half weeks to two weeks.
Roberts is the last of three defendants remaining in the 2017 killings of three victims and woundings of two more men near the northwest corner of 11th and Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. The shootings were the result of a fight on Oct. 1, 2017, at about 1:40 a.m.
The three slaying victims were Colwin Lynn Henderson III, 20, and Tre'Mel Dupree Dean-Rayton, 24, both of Topeka, and Leah Elizabeth Brown, 22, of Shawnee. The two wounded men were Royelle Hunt, 28 and Tahzay Rayton, 19, both of Topeka.

On May 8, defendant Ahmad Malik Rayton, 25, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty on April 3 to one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter for shooting at one man.

Ahmad Rayton originally was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

In March, co-defendant Dominique J. McMillon, 20, of Topeka, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, which he completed before he was sentenced.