Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shooting Details Emerge in Topeka's 10th Homicide of 2015; Daris Holliday Bound over for Trial

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shooting Details Emerge in Topeka's 10th Homicide of 2015; Daris Holliday Bound over for Trial

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Hours after Topeka police had ordered Keith Leon Reed to leave the home of his wife at 1141 S.E. Lime, he was shot to death after Daris Laron Holliday repeatedly told him to stop walking up to the duplex, witnesses testified Wednesday.

The testimony was made during the preliminary hearing of Holliday, 26, of Topeka, who is charged with killing Reed, 43.

Following the preliminary hearing in Shawnee County District Court, Holliday was bound over to be tried on an elevated charge of first-degree murder as well as a second count of felon in possession of a firearm after he was convicted in 1997 of possession of marijuana. The firearm possession count also is a felony.

When the preliminary hearing started Wednesday, Holliday was charged with intentional second-degree murder. But during closing arguments following testimony by nine witnesses, chief deputy district attorney Jacqie Spradling asked District Judge Nancy Parrish to amend the murder count to the more serious charge of premeditated first-degree murder.

Spradling said Holliday had readied himself by reloading a .22- caliber pistol before he had contact with Reed. Without being called out of the home, Holliday went to the door, confronted Reed and shot him, Spradling said.

Defense attorney Mark Bennett opposed beefing up the murder count, saying Reed was warned eight times to stop coming onto the premises. Just hours earlier, police had removed Reed from the residence because people inside were afraid of him, Bennett said.

Premeditation didn't exist in the slaying of Reed, who placed himself in danger by continuing to advance toward the house he earlier was ordered to leave, Bennett said.

Parrish ruled the prosecution had met its burden to amend the charge to the more serious first-degree murder count. Holliday will be arraigned on the murder and firearms violation charges on Jan. 11.

Reed, the victim, had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the amount that Kansas law defines as drunken driving for a motorist, the Shawnee County coroner testified.

Charles Glenn, coroner and a forensic pathologist, testified Reed was struck on the right side of the chest by a bullet that passed through his right lung, struck his heart and entered his spine. …

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