September 10th 2016
Family Day Weekend in Lawrence, KS is a yearly tradition where student’s family and friends come together to celebrate the start of the new school year. Thousands of people visit creating a contagious excitement that carries into the night, especially in the area known as “The Triangle”.
A night that would come to be filled with accusations against Albert Wilson. The night began at a famous bar within "The Triangle” — that bar historically known as “The Hawk”.
According to the affidavit obtained from the court, Mr. Wilson and his friend are seen on camera entering the bar at this time. Advertised as a 21 and older bar, “The Hawk” has gained an infamous reputation for allowing the entry of underage kids using fake ids. This is what Mr. Wilson is seen doing to gain entry into the bar.
On the other end of the bar, according to the testimony of Daniel Carroll — a witness that worked at “The Hawk” — and as seen on video, the accuser, her cousin, and him walk into “The Hawk” without getting carded or stopped. All this occurs under the management of Sam Amrein, also, another witness in this case.
As the night goes on, Mr. Wilson is enjoying his night like any other student in the local bar. He did not know that an interaction that had sparked up with a girl in the line to the “Boom Boom Room” would change his life forever. The accuser and her cousin meet Albert and his friend. The accuser pulls his arm as they head into the dance room, but Mr. Wilson hesitates in order to ensure his friend was coming in as well — this was seen on video and heard during testimony presented to the court.
Once in the dance room, Mr. Wilson admits to having kissed and touched the accuser.
According to Google Maps, it takes approximately 4 to 5 minutes to reach Mr. Wilson’s home when leaving “The Hawk” depending on the conditions of the area. According to the affidavit, Mr. Wilson’s friend received a call from Mr. Wilson at 12:17am.
Using the assumption from Google Maps, Mr. Wilson and the accuser would have reached his house at 12:20am. According to the affidavit, Mr. Wilson’s friend calls Mr. Wilson back at 12:21am.
According to the affidavit, around approximately 12:30am the morning of September 11th, 2016 Mr. Wilson calls his friend. Mr. Wilson is seen walking back with the accuser then meeting up with his friend and leaving. Using the assumption from Google Maps, Mr. Wilson and the accuser would have left his home around 12:25am in order to make it back at 12:30am.
After appearing in court on November 22nd, Mr. Wilson sat there listening to the accuser tell events of the night. Mr. Wilson watched on, his attorney, Forest Lowry, began to cross examine the accuser. It was after his cross examination and asking the accuser if force was directly use that Mr. Wilson’s charges were changed from one count to two counts after Amy McGowan requested a short recess.
In addition Mr. Wilson’s trial is pushed back to a later date.
January 8th 2019
Throughout the day Amy McGowan gave her opening statements and the accuser and witnesses took the stand.
January 10th 2019
Amy McGowan gives her closing arguments..
Mr. Wilson’s attorney gives he closing arguments.
After 6 hours of deliberation, the jury finds Mr. Wilson guilty for the accusation of rape that occurred at his home, but could not agree on the accusation of rape that occurred at “The Hawk”.