Man Accused in Motel Killing Pleads No Contest to Robbery
One of three men charged in a fatal shooting at a Lawrence motel has pleaded no contest to robbery.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 20-year-old Shawn Smith, of Kansas City, Missouri, entered the plea Thursday in Douglas County District Court.
He initially was charged with first-degree felony murder and several other counts in the killing of 23-year-old Cameron Hooks, of Lenexa, and the wounding of two other men. The shooting happened in September 2017 while two groups of friends drank and smoked pot at a Motel 6. Each friend group accused the other of trying to rob them first, sparking the shooting.
Two other co-defendants from Kansas City, Kansas, previously were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and other charges in the case.
Smith’s sentencing is set for Aug. 14.