JUNCTION CITY — An arraignment hearing for a Kansas City man facing murder charges in both Geary and Riley counties was continued on Monday when his attorney indicated they’re seeking to have an aggravated robbery charge dismissed in the Geary County case.
Anthony Nichols, 34, appeared in Geary County District Court but didn’t plead to the charges filed against him, which also include first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm.
Those charges are connected to the September 2013 death of Anthony Nixon, 37, of Junction City. Authorities found Nixon shot to death near the intersection of 10th and Webster streets in Junction City in the early morning hours of Sept. 7.
According to court documents, Nichols is accused of robbing Nixon of his cellphone at about the same time as the shooting.
However, according to a court document filed by Nichols’ attorney, Jeffrey Wicks, the robbery charge was based on “speculation.”
In the document, Wicks states witness testimony given at a preliminary hearing on July 9 “failed to establish that any item, let alone a cellphone, was taken from Mr. Nixon.”
On Monday, Wicks told Geary County District Judge Maritza Segarra that the arraignment can’t proceed until the court decides whether to dismiss the robbery charge.
Segarra scheduled the matter to be discussed during a hearing on Aug. 11.
Nichols was also expected to appear for an arraignment hearing Monday afternoon in Riley County District Court.
In that case, prosecutors have charged Nichols with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting but failing to kill 68-year-old John Burroughs of Manhattan on Sept. 6, only hours after Nixon’s death in Junction City.