Posted 11 months ago
By Fred Gough
SALINA (AP) – A bank robbery suspect accused of exchanging gunfire with a Kansas trooper while fleeing with a woman and three children will face trial.
After a preliminary hearing Thursday, 31-year-old Jason Gleason of Lyons was bound over for trial on charges including attempted first-degree murder.
Gleason was spotted in a sport utility vehicle with his girlfriend, Chrystal Bell, and her children several hours after the Oct. 9 bank robbery.
Bell testified that Gleason refused to leave the vehicle and told her to keep driving. She didn’t stop until the engine quit near Gypsum in central Kansas.
According to testimony, a bullet Gleason fired struck Bell’s 12-year-old son in the mouth and lodged in Bell’s abdomen. Gleason’s attorney says there’s no evidence Gleason intended to kill.
Gleason still has charges pending in Reno County which include traffic in contraband in a correctional institution, possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, no proof of insurance and speeding.
He was arrested on the charges back on October 5, 2012 and the case is still active. But, he still faces robbery charges in Rice County, and firing at a trooper who pursued him as he fled with a woman and three children in a sport utility vehicle.