Arson attempt at Lawrence motel

A 57-year-old man is accused of trying to burn down a Lawrence motel with people inside.

Richard Coker appeared in Douglas County Court Thursday from the jail on one count of aggravated arson.

Lawrence Police were called to the Jayhawk Motel on North 3rd Street Tuesday afternoon. Two witnesses reported seeing the suspect fill a gas can at Woody’s Oil, pour gas onto the south side of the motel and light it, a burn mark was left behind.

Coker declined a court appointed attorney but if found guilty he faces a little over 11 years in prison.

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