Home invasion suspect held

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man arrested in connection with an October 2012 home invasion was bound over for trial in Riley County District Court Tuesday afternoon.

Levertis Horne, 22, appeared in court with attorney Brenda Jordan Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing that lasted for nearly the entire day.

Horne is accused of robbing four roommates at gunpoint in a Chase Manhattan apartment on Oct. 5, 2012.

On Tuesday, the state, represented by assistant county attorneys Barry Disney and Kendra Lewison, called three of those four roommates to the stand, including Chase Cargile, 20, who was shot twice during an apparent scuffle between Cargile, the alleged gunman and another roommate, Austin Miller, 19.

In court, Cargile, who has since recovered from his wounds, identified Horne as the person who shot him.

Miller was not called to the stand.

Prosecutors also called a former girlfriend of one of the roommates. She testified to calling 911 from her boyfriend’s bedroom closet where she hid during the robbery. Also testifying was a detective who interviewed Horne during the subsequent investigation.

Det. Dustin Weiszbrod testified that Horne admitted to him that he went over to the apartment on Oct. 5, 2012, but told Weiszbrod he was the one who got jumped.

Riley County detectives originally arrested Horne on Nov. 22, 2012 on the charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. He is out of jail on $25,000 bond.

During testimony Tuesday morning, roommate Tyler Sweet, 19, testified that Sweet, Cargile and Miller were sitting near the apartment’s front door before a gunman forced his way in and began demanding personal items from the roommates.

It was suggested in court that the incident was related to drug dealing and Cargile and Miller were arrested following an investigation into the robbery for sale or distribution of marijuana. Miller was also arrested for obstruction of the legal process.

Horne’s arraignment is scheduled for April 1 at 10 a.m. at the Riley County Courthouse.

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