The 21-year-old suspect in a shooting death near Washburn University’s campus spent the bulk of his first appearance in court Tuesday staring down at a plain white table.
Shawnee County District Court Judge William Ossmann set Zachary Buck-Schrag’s bond at $1 million. Police considered Buck-Schrag armed and dangerous after the Sunday shooting death of Topekan Travis Larsen until he turned himself into Lawrence police Monday afternoon. He was booked into jail in connection with murder, criminal discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Just after midnight Sunday, Topeka police officers responded to a call of gunshots in the area S.W. 22nd Park and Mulvane. When they arrived they found a car in a nearby tree line with Larsen, 37, dead inside.
The shooting death — which was just south of Washburn University — marks the third homicide in the first 14 days of 2018 in Topeka.
Homicide database for Topeka, Shawnee County
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Buck-Schrag had been on intensive supervised probation after a several past convictions including possession of marijuana and evading a roadblock in 2017, criminal possession of a firearm in 2016, domestic battery in 2015 and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer in 2014.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Buck-Schrag told Ossmann his family would hire an attorney, but Ossmann appointed a public defender in the meantime. Besides a few “yes sir” answers Buck-Schrag barely spoke.
Prosecutors have until Thursday to file formal charges.
Anyone with further information about the crime is encouraged to call Detective Lance Green at (785) 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.
Just after Buck-Schrag’s appearance, Ossmann maintained a $1 million bond for Logan Lee Able Bartley, 18, of Topeka.
Bartley was arrested Saturday in connection with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery after the shooting death of 31-year-old Jesse Lee McFall on Jan 11.
McFall was shot multiple times after an argument at the Best Western Hotel, 700 S.W. Fairlawn Road, police said.
Both men have hearings scheduled on April 25.
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