Teen shooting suspect appears in court

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William Dowlen

William Dowlen

A teenager from Wathena accused of shooting another man during an underage drinking party appeared in Buchanan County court Tuesday on one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

As we reported, the victim, 20-year-old Justice Joiner, was shot in the leg during the party in the area of SE Mt. Zion Road on January 22. The victim has had at least three surgeries for the injuries. William Dowlen was arrested at the scene, but has been in custody of the juvenile courts in Kansas since that time. He was taken into custody in Missouri last week.

Dowlen told Associate Judge Keith Marquart that his mother is hiring an attorney. The judge scheduled the case for a preliminary hearing on April 21.

The charge is a class-e felony. Upon conviction it carries a prison term not to exceed four years.