Nichols to stand trial for JC murder charge

By Tim Weideman

JUNCTION CITY – Anthony Nichols will stand trial in Geary County District Court for a September 2013 murder in Junction City.

At an arraignment hearing on Monday, District Judge Maritza Segarra entered not guilty pleas for the 34-year-old man from Kansas City, Kan., to counts of first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm.

Those charges are connected to the death of Anthony Nixon, 37, Junction City.

Authorities found Nixon shot to death near the intersection of 10th and Webster streets in Junction City in the early morning hours of Sept. 7.

Segarra scheduled Nichols’ trial to take place Jan. 20 to 23. She also approved the dismissal of an aggravated robbery charge.

Nichols is now expected to stand trial for two murder cases.

In a case pending in Riley County District Court, Nichols faces first-degree murder charges for shooting 68-year-old John Burroughs, of Manhattan in the head on Sept. 6.

Prosecutors have said that another man, 33-year-old James McKenith of Manhattan, stabbed and killed Burroughs later that night.

McKenith was sentenced in May to life in prison after pleading no contest in March to first-degree murder.

Nichols’ trial in that case is scheduled to begin Oct. 8.

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