Lawrence man pleads to attempted murder

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Lawrence man pleads to attempted murder

Cheryl Cadue | PIO

March 29, 2023 4:20 pm

Updated: August 18, 2023 4:28 pm

Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez today announced that Adam B. Amyx Jr., 38, of Lawrence, agreed to plead no contest to attempted second-degree murder of a female passerby he tried to throw into the Kansas River. 

The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on or about April 14, 2022 when Amyx lifted the then 21-year-old woman over the railing when the woman passed Amyx as she walked north bound on the south-bound bridge. The woman kicked Amyx several times and was able to run away when Amyx released his hold.

“Each of us has the right to walk the streets of our community safely,” District Attorney Suzanne Valdez said. “Those who threaten public safety will be held accountable.” 

The State was represented by Senior Assistant District Attorney David Greenwald. The case was investigated by the Lawrence Police Department.

Sentencing was set by Judge Stacey Donovan for 1:30 p.m., on May 26, 2023 at the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

Amyx faces 55 to 247 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

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