Suspect in Butler County deputy shooting makes first court appearance

09/06/2013 2:50 PM

08/06/2014 9:45 AM

Jan Tracy Kilbourne, the object of several manhunts this week, was charged Friday afternoon in Butler County District Court with attempted capital murder in the shooting of a Butler County sheriff’s deputy.

Butler County Deputy Jacob Lawrence was shot during a traffic stop early Monday along U.S. 54 near Santa Fe Lake Road.

Kilbourne also faces one count of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of interfering with a law enforcement officer, court records show. All are felonies.

Bond was set at $1 million. He is due back in court on Oct. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

Kilbourne appeared in court Friday dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, handcuffs, shackles and a full beard. He rocked slightly in an office chair while awaiting the start of his hearing. Several deputies stood guard.

He didn’t stand when Judge David Ricke entered the courtroom and appeared subdued throughout the hearing.

“I trust you are Jan Tracy Kilbourne,” Ricke said as court began.

Kilbourne nodded. He replied with a soft “yes” after the judge asked him to speak into a microphone sitting on the defense table.

Later Kilbourne didn't immediately answer when the judge asked whether he was unemployed.

“You don’t have any job or source of income?”


In justifying his request for a $1 million bond, Butler County Attorney Darrin Devinney mentioned law enforcement’s four-day manhunt for Kilbourne – calling his propensity to flee if released on bond “extremely high.”

Devinney also read a list of Kilbourne’s misdemeanor and felony offenses stretching back to 1998, including drug and theft convictions, and a Seward County case that landed Kilbourne in prison. He later absconded while on parole, Devinney told the judge.

“It was a regular traffic stop, judge, and Mr. Kilbourne fired without warning ... and continued to fire,” Devinney said, referring to Monday’s shooting.

“... His mental condition is somewhat curious as to why he chose such a violent reaction to what would otherwise be a peaceful traffic stop.”

Kilbourne’s court-appointed attorney did not object to the bond request. Given the chance, Kilbourne declined to address the court.

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