Archive for Thursday, January 17, 2008

Trial date set in case involving road rage

Suspect pleads not guilty in October incident that injured mother of 3

January 17, 2008

An October road rage incident in Basehor will go to jury trial this spring.

Robert Leroy Garrison, 39, of Kansas City pleaded not guilty in court Dec. 6 to charges stemming from a road rage attack Oct. 20 that injured Basehor residents David and Angie Genail.

According to Basehor Police reports and witness accounts, Garrison was driving erratically in front of the Genails heading westbound on Leavenworth Road. David Genail began honking the horn of his vehicle to gain Garrison's attention and when the two vehicles stopped at the intersection of 155th Street and Leavenworth Road, Garrison exited his vehicle, approached the driver's side of the Genail's vehicle and punched David Genail in the face.

Angie Genail said she then exited the passenger side of the vehicle to protect her three young children in the back seat when Garrison picked her up and slammed her to the ground twice, shattering bones in both of her arms.

Garrison was later arrested for misdemeanor battery and felony aggravated battery, police said.

Angie Genail, who was transported by air ambulance to KU Medical Center after the incident and received extensive reconstructive surgery, said last Wednesday that she now has use of her left arm, but her right arm remains in a splint. Her children are still shaken from the incident and she said she feels she has to tell them Garrison is still in custody to help them cope.

Deborah Owens with the Leavenworth County Victim Witness office said the jury trial is set for 9 a.m., Monday, March 10, at the Leavenworth County Justice Center.

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