Horne readies for new trial

By Bethany Knipp

A Manhattan man is preparing for another trial in an aggravated robbery case after his initial trial resulted in a hung jury.

Levertis Horne, 22, appeared in Riley County District Court for a pre-trial hearing on Friday.

Horne is facing two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, one count of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated burglary.

Horne is accused of robbing the home of four roommates at gunpoint in an incident that occurred Oct. 5, 2012 at Chase Manhattan Apartments, 1400 Chase Place.

One of the roommates was shot during the incident.

The alleged robbery revolved around a marijuana drug deal – as three of the four roommates were prosecuted for drug-related offenses.

In August, Horne’s jury deliberated for seven hours before Judge John Bosch declared a mistrial.

At Friday’s hearing, state prosecutor Barry Disney and Horne’s defense attorney Brenda Jordan discussed endorsing additional witnesses for Horne’s second trial.

One issue discussed involved the fact that the original KBI investigators who testified about the firearm used in the incident during Horne’s first trial have since left the agency.

Bosch endorsed four additional witnesses, one from the RCPD, two from the KBI and an attorney, who is expected to testify and explain about one roommate’s plea agreement.

Horne’s second jury trial is scheduled for six days starting Feb. 3.

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