Man waives hearing in manslaughter case

By Tim Weideman

What was expected to take most of the day Friday actually took about 20 minutes as a Leonardville man facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Garrett Olson, 20, confirmed his decision to Judge Meryl Wilson in Riley County District Court. The preliminary hearing for Olson had been scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Olson’s charge is in connection to a fatal one-vehicle accident in October that killed 17-year-old Trevor Redding of Randolph. Olson was driving the car when it skidded into a ditch and crashed into a rock wall in the 11000 block of LK and W Road near Leonardville, according to a report.

Redding and one other boy, a 17-year-old from Riley, were passengers in the car. Redding died from his injuries.

In court on Friday, Olson’s attorney, P. Bernard Irvine, said he anticipates filing several motions at the next hearing.

“I would like some added time to kind of get my thoughts together on how that might be scheduled,” Irvine said to Wilson.

Both Irvine and prosecutors are waiting for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to return evidence test results.

Riley County Assistant Attorney Wes Garrison said the KBI is testing DNA blood results collected from the vehicle.

Garrison told Wilson he’s been prodding the KBI for an answer as to when those results will be final.

“I will continue to harass them, so to speak, to get an answer,” Garrison said.

Wilson scheduled Olson’s arraignment for June 16 at 2:30 p.m.

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