Man accused of killing woman inside her west Topeka home, has a long history of domestic battery

Published: Nov. 7, 2019 at 8:40 PM CST
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The man arrested Tuesday in connection with murder in the death of a woman found in a west Topeka house filled with natural gas has a years-long history of convictions in the batteries of his then-wife, according to district court records.

Jeremy Erin Lardner, 36, was booked into Shawnee County Jail in connection with premeditated first-degree murder and making a criminal threat, jail records said.

On Thursday, Lardner remained in jail in lieu of a $1 million cash or professional surety bond, jail records said.

Of the six criminal cases filed in Shawnee County against Lardner, each included charges such as domestic battery, aggravated intimidation of a witness or victim, making a criminal threat, and stalking, court records said. The cases were filed in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

A motion by the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office gave a flavor of offences Sonya Lardner, the defendant's wife at the time, faced at that time.

"In sum, the defendant threatened Sonya Lardner with a baseball bat, smashed her car, then threatened her when she called the police," Deputy District Attorney Brett Watson wrote of offenses that occurred on Nov. 1, 2014.

From jail, Lardner urged his wife to write a false affidavit to prosecutors and the judge seeking the release of Lardner, Watson said.

Starting in April 2012, Lardner was charged with his first domestic battery, pleaded no contest to the charge, was sentenced to six months and fined $200, then was placed on supervised probation for 12 months, court records said.

The probation was revoked for violating conditions of probation, and probation was started over.

Lardner was charged with a second domestic battery in April 2013, court records, but it was dismissed in June of that year.

Two cases totaling four felonies and six misdemeanors were consolidated in June 2013 and filed against Lardner. They were aggravated battery, two counts of stalking, criminal threat, two counts of domestic battery, criminal restraint, theft, intimidation of a witness or victim to prevent reporting, and criminal damage to property, court records said.

In February 2014, Lardner pleaded no contest to felony stalking and misdemeanor domestic battery, and the other eight charges were dismissed.

Meanwhile, Lardner was charged in December 2013 in connection with aggravated battery and domestic battery in another case, and in April 16, he was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded no contest in the aggravated battery count, court records said. The domestic battery was dismissed.

In another case in February 2015, Lardner pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, aggravated intimidation of a witness or victim, and solicitation of perjury, all felonies, and to misdemeanor criminal damage to property, court records said.

Lardner was sentenced to consecutive terms of 37 months on the intimidation conviction, and to 11 months for the aggravated assault, five months for the solicitation conviction, and six months for the theft, court records said.

Jeremy Lardner and Sonya Lardner, who were married on February 10, 2006, were divorced on June 15, 2016, on grounds of incompatibility, court records said. Jeremy Lardner sought divorce from Sonya Lardner in 2011 and 2016, records said. The 2011 divorce filing was dismissed at Jeremy Lardner's request.

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