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Court date set in shooting case

By The Herald Staff | 8/4/2014

A man arrested after a late-night shooting in rural Franklin County is due back in court later this month.

Jacob Leach, 32, Rantoul, posted a $50,000 bond July 25 after being arrested and charged in the early morning of July 17 on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery in connection with a shooting, according to county documents.

A man arrested after a late-night shooting in rural Franklin County is due back in court later this month.

Jacob Leach, 32, Rantoul, posted a $50,000 bond July 25 after being arrested and charged in the early morning of July 17 on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery in connection with a shooting, according to county documents.

Leach’s next appearance in court, a status conference, is set for Aug. 20. He is being represented by Jason Billam. James Ward, with the Franklin County Attorney’s Office, is prosecuting the case.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded 10:39 p.m. July 16 to a report of a shooting in the 1100 block of Vermont Terrace, rural Franklin County, near Rantoul, Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. A 52-year-old male victim was transported from the scene by Franklin County Emergency Medical Services.

Neither the victim’s identity nor a motive for the shooting has been released.

Though the shooting occurred at the victim’s home on Vermont Terrace, the incident apparently began elsewhere, Richards said.

“Part of it happened at another location while they were out driving,” Richards said, indicating shots might have been fired before the victim was struck at his home.

“This is not a random type crime that occurred,” Richards said previously.

Members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Ottawa Police Department and Miami County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the investigation and search for the suspect.

“It doesn’t take long to get a bunch of different agencies [gathered], but it’s great because we work together as a continuity of service,” Richards said.

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