Bad blood had long been brewing when a group of men from Topeka left for Lawrence on the night three people would be killed in wild gunfire on Massachusetts Street.
“We came to Lawrence to have some fun,” the first witness said in a preliminary hearing in the Douglas County Courthouse Thursday morning.
But a friend had already been beat in the face earlier that night, the witness, Marvell Miller, testified. The rival group was likely already in Lawrence. And two people with Miller and his friends — Anthony Laron Roberts Jr., and Ahmad Malik Rayton, 22, — were carrying guns.
Bars and shows were closing early Sunday morning Oct. 1 about 1:40 a.m. when a fight broke out and gunfire erupted over a crowd of more than 100 people roaming near 11th Street and Massachusetts Street.
Three people died and two were wounded. The dead were Leah Elizabeth Brown, 22, of Shawnee, and two men from Topeka — Tre’Mel Dupree Dean, 24, and Colwin Lynn Henderson III, 20.
Three people who were with Miller would be charged with crimes.
Roberts is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brown, and with second-degree murder in the deaths of Dean and Henderson.