Judge appoints lawyer for shooting suspect

By Tim Weideman

A Riley County judge on Tuesday appointed a public defender for a Manhattan man suspected of shooting and injuring another man at a convenience store earlier this month.

Although it’s not been decided which public defender will represent Daeshawn Bryant, 18, Judge William Malcolm granted him court-appointed counsel after reviewing a financial affidavit in court.

Geary County Sheriff’s Department deputies apprehended Bryant on Interstate 70 shortly after a May 7 incident at the Hop-n-Skip convenience store at the corner of Kimball Avenue and Tuttle Creek Boulevard.

Riley County police then arrested him.

Bryant allegedly shot and wounded 23-year-old Dareen Starks after a conflict near the convenience store’s car wash. Police reported the two men know each other.

Bryant currently faces charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, obstructing the apprehension or prosecution of a felon, aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A criminal complaint alleges Bryant agreed with Starks and another man, Christopher Wilhoite, to commit or assist in distributing marijuana.

According to the document, Bryant also concealed or aided Wilhoite in avoiding arrest, trial or conviction.

However, Riley County Senior Deputy Attorney Barry Disney in court told Malcolm that prosecutors may amend charges.

“We’re getting additional information coming in, your honor,” he said.

Bryant is scheduled to appear in court again for a status hearing on June 10 at 1 p.m.

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