Feb 12, 2020 2:58 PM

Man, woman charged in fatal Pizza Hut shooting in Kansas

Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:58 PM
Winters photo KDOC
Winters photo KDOC

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man and woman have been charged in the fatal shooting of a Pizza Hut employee during a robbery attempt in which the victim’s coworkers hid in the freezer of the Kansas City, Kansas, restaurant.

Wyandotte County prosecutors announced Tuesday that 33-year-old Gary Winters and 30-year-old Lacricia Leak-Myers are charged with first-degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery in the Jan. 28 death of 25-year-old Laron Briggs.

Lacricia Leak-Myers -photo Wyandotte Co.
Lacricia Leak-Myers -photo Wyandotte Co.

Charging documents say that Leak-Myers drove Winters and another person to the restaurant. The documents say Winters then went inside the restaurant to rob it. The robbery failed, although the documents provided no details about what scuttled it or what happened to the other person in the vehicle.

Winters previously served time in Kansas for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

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Feb 12, 2020 2:58 PM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.