Notorious guerrilla leader William Quantrill to stand trial

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 12:16 p.m. CDT; updated 1:07 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 24, 2013

COLUMBIA — Confederate guerilla William Quantrill and his band of raiders invaded and burned Lawrence, Kan., 150 years ago. Although he was killed shortly after the end of the Civil War, he never stood trial.

That will change at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Missouri Theatre. The Historical and Theatrical Trial Society, an organization made up from students and faculty of the MU School of Law, will be staging a mock trial of Quantrill. Since he is charged with war crimes, the trial will take the form of a military tribunal.

Quantrill's defense will be provided by Federal Public Defender Troy Stabenow, an adjunct associate professor of law at MU. Frank Bowman, another law professor at MU, will head the prosecution. The tribunal will consist of current or former military personnel.

All trial participants will wear attire from the time period.

This marks the seventh consecutive year the organization has put on a mock trial of famous figures, both historical and fictional. Past defendants have included Al Capone, John Brown and Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

The event is free and open to the public, although parents or guardians of young children should note that certain depictions of the Lawrence raid might be graphic.

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