Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2004

Basehor city attorney set to go to trial Oct. 12

August 19, 2004

Carl Cornwell, the attorney for John Thompson, the city of Basehor's legal counsel for the past 19 years, said his client looks forward to defending himself against two misdemeanor charges leveled against him in Leavenworth County District Court.

"Absolutely he's innocent," Cornwell said. "He didn't do anything wrong."

Thompson is charged in district court with domestic battery and disorderly conduct stemming from an alleged incident involving his ex-wife at Thompson's Leavenworth home March 20.

A jury trial in the case is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12; a pre-trial hearing has been set for Sept. 24.

Cornwell said he expects a not guilty verdict when 12 jurors here Thompson's side of the events that transpired in March.

Days after the alleged incident, a Leavenworth County judge granted Thompson a temporary protection order from Marie Thompson, his ex-wife. The civil case is still pending.

In April, Leavenworth County prosecutor Pat Cahill said a judge outside Leavenworth County would be found to preside over the case. Prosecutors said a Wichita judge would handle the case; the judge's name was not immediately available.

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