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Two juveniles charged in Lawrence homicide case

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-19 01:35:32-04

LAWRENCE — Two juvenile males have been charged as adults for their involvement in an incident in Lawrence that left one person dead and another injured in May.

16-year-old, Derek Reasor and 16-year-old, Quaycon George are both charged for the death of Bryce Brown and injury of another victim on May 26.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Bryce Brown was found shot in the head in the drivers seat of a vehicle and the other victim was found shot in the stomach at a nearby gas station.

Police later learned that multiple males were involved in an attempted robbery of Brown and others in his vehicle that led to shots being fired.

According to the affidavit, an investigation by detectives with the Lawrence police department, involving witness accounts, social media messages and security footage led to the arrests.

Court documents state that two other people who were in the car with Brown told police that they drove to a Lawrence apartment complex for a drug deal.

At some point, one witness told police they remember "multiple people running up on the vehicle with guns pointed at them yelling to hand over all their stuff." Then, as Brown attempted to drive away, shots were fired.

Detectives reviewed camera footage from a nearby gas station and observed four suspects that sources told police were there prior to the shooting, including Reasor and George.

According to the affidavit, the witnesses at the scene were also able to identify the subjects in the security footage.

On June 6, detectives processed phone records from Reasor. Court documents show that cell location records placed Reasor in the area of the homicide on May 26.

Social Media

Court documents show detectives began reviewing the Instagram account of Reasor and found relevant messages from the day of the shooting in a group chat with multiple other accounts, including one belonging to Quayvon George.

The Instagram Direct messages revealed messages from the day of the shooting on May 26 that police say are relevant messages.

Based on the findings from the investigation four people were arrested for their involvement in the incident.

Derek Reasor is being tried as an adult with multiple charges including: 2 counts of attempted murder, 2 counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, attempted murder, armed robbery, and dangerous possession of a firearm.

Quayvon George is charged with murder, 2 counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and armed robbery.

Both Reasor and George have jury trials set for September 18.

According to Lawrence Police Department, two others involved were also arrested but are being charged as juveniles.