Thursday, August 21, 2008

Markieff Morris’ attorney enters not guilty plea in airsoft battery case

attorney entered a not guilty plea for incoming Kansas University basketball player Markieff Morris Thursday in Lawrence Municipal Court and denied that his client fired an Airsoft rifle BB gun out of his Jayhawker Towers apartment Saturday night.

According to the KU Public Safety Office, Morris, 18, admitted to shooting the Airsoft rifle BB gun out of his apartment Saturday. A 47-year-old woman in the courtyard below received minor injuries when she was hit in the arm by a plastic airsoft pellet. According to a police report, Morris was suspected of using alcohol.

Brad Finkeldei, Morris’ attorney, said the facts in the case haven’t been accurately reported.

“Most importantly, Mr. Morris was not the person who fired the Airsoft pellet gun from the window,” Finkeldei said. “He did not admit to firing the gun out the window.”

Finkeldei said he wasn’t able to comment further because of a pending investigation.

A Dec. 12 Lawrence Municipal Court hearing has been set in the case, in which Morris is charged with battery, although he could submit an application for diversion, the city prosecutor’s office said.

The case does involve the possibility of jail time, City Prosecutor Tom Porter said.

Morris also faces possible university sanctions if he’s found to have violated a student housing policy, which could include suspension from university housing, according to the KU Student Housing handbook.

“University code and housing policy expressly prohibits weapons of any type, including pellet guns, airsoft guns, and paintball guns,” said university spokeswoman Jill Jess.

A university investigation will address whether an Airsoft BB gun is considered to be a weapon, Jess said. Federal law forbids the university from discussing student disciplinary investigations.

Ken Farris, a distributor of Airsoft guns in Lawrence, said the guns aren’t considered weapons unless they’re used as such.

“These things can be used in a game,” Farris said of their intended purpose, “but it’s not a toy that you’re supposed to run around in public with or snipe people from windows.”

1 comment:

  1. Michal Bauer12:56 PM

    I am sorry for off-topic (and for my bad bad english). As I cannot find a "contact-me", I will try to use the comment-tool:

    I am Michael, 21, I am from the Czech republic (a country next to Germany, Europe)and I would like to collaborate with you: I would like to ask for permission to translate some of your articles and to present them to czech audience on the webpage of my project i have just started (
    In return, I offer a "taken over from, the home of airsoft-news" under each translated article and a backlink to your blog in the sidebar. (or any text/link you wish).

    Please PM me, if you agree.