Hearing scheduled for accused gunman

By The Mercury

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Anthony Nichols, the man accused of shooting but failing to kill a Manhattan man in September.

Prosecutors have said that Nichols, 33, of Kansas City, Kan., on Sept. 6, 2013, entered the home of John Burroughs Jr., 68, in the Redbud Estates trailer park. Nichols then allegedly shot Burroughs, who later that day was stabbed and killed by 33-year-old James McKenith, of Manhattan.

During a hearing Tuesday in Riley County District Court, Judge William Malcolm set Nichols’ preliminary hearing for July 16 at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Meryl Wilson.

Nichols appeared in court via a video feed from the Riley County Jail.

On Monday, McKenith was sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of Burroughs. He will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

McKenith’s mother, Christina Love, 50, of Manhattan, pleaded no contest on Monday to two charges of aiding a felon after the fact and two charges of interference with law enforcement.

Senior Deputy Riley County Attorney Barry Disney said evidence gathered by prosecutors indicated Love drove both Nichols and McKenith to Burroughs’ trailer. However, the evidence suggested Love didn’t know what either was going to do and that she remained in the car both times.

Love is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Nichols also faces first-degree murder and robbery charges in Geary County District Court for the death of Anthony Nixon, 37, of Junction City. Nixon’s death occurred during the early morning hours of Sept. 7.

A preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for June 25 at 10 a.m.

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