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Hearing opens on shooting

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man arrested in connection with an October 2012 home robbery appeared in Riley County District Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Levertis Horne, 22, is accused of robbing several roommates at gunpoint in a residence at the Manhattan Chase Apartments on Oct. 5, 2012. One of the roommates, Chase Cargile, 20, was shot and wounded during the incident.

Horne was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery a month later.

At the time of publication Tuesday, Magistrate Judge William Malcolm had not determined whether to bind Horne over for trial.

The state called to the stand two people present in the apartment at the time. The first witness, a former girlfriend of one of the roommates, testified to calling the police from a closet in her boyfriend’s bedroom after she witnessed a man with a gun inside the apartment. The woman testified that she did not see the man enter, but saw him standing in the apartment’s living room, near the front door, yelling at the roommates to get down on the ground, while pointing a gun at them.

She said the man had a hood up, with a covering across the lower half of his face.

One of the roommates, Tyler Sweet, 19, also testified Tuesday morning that he was in the living room at about 11:30 p.m. when he heard movement on the front porch and a knock. When he opened the door, he said, a hand with a gun came through, and a man forced his way through.

He said the man demanded that he give him “everything,” pointing the gun at him several times and at one point asking Sweet’s roommates whether they would like to see their friend die. He said the man hit him above his eyebrow with the butt of his handgun.

Sweet said he was then forced to get on the floor with his other roommates. After a confrontation between Cargile and the robber, Sweet said another roommate, Austin Miller, tackled the man and three gunshots went off.

Sweet said when the opportunity came, he ran onto the apartment’s back balcony and jumped down, running to a friend’s house.

At the time of publication, Sweet was still testifying.

Following the robbery, Cargile and Miller were arrested for selling or distributing marijuana.

At the time of publication, evidence had not been given as to what led detectives to arrest Horne, who is represented by Brenda Jordan.

The state is represented by assistant county attorneys Barry Disney and Kendra Lewison.

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