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|Former Boyfriend Wanted for Popular Law Student's Murder|
|Last Edited: Friday, 04 Jul 2008, 5:20 PM CDT|
|Created: Friday, 04 Jul 2008, 9:28 AM CDT|
An arrest warrant has been issued for the former boyfriend of a popular Lawrence law student.
Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, 46 of Lawrence, is charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of 25-year-old Jana Lynne Mackey, of Lawrence. Mackey was a popular second-year KU law school student.
A friend reported Mackey missing at 4:30 p.m. on July 3 after she missed class and didn't show up for a trip to the lake. At 6:30 p.m., Lawrence police located Mackey's vehicle in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital parking lot at 4th and Michigan Street.
Following further investigation, Mackey was found dead inside Garcia-Nunez's residence at 409 Michigan at 11:23 p.m.
Neighbors said Garcia-Nunez left the house Thursday morning and hasn't returned. His truck has been found in another state.
"It looked like he was getting ready to go out of town with his son and his son's girlfriend," said neighbor Greg Likes. Likes said he often saw Jana Mackey at Garcia-Nunez' home.
"Pleasant young lady and calm. Carried herself well. I never saw them in any kind of squabble and any kind of confrontation," said Likes.
He said Garcia-Nunez, a local artists, seemed like a good guy.
According to court records, Garcia-Nunez served time in prison for attacking a former girlfriend with a knife.
Jana Mackey's friends said they were stunned by her death. They put flowers and notes on the front porch of her Lawrence home on Friday to remember her. They said she was an amazing cook and a passionate advocate for women's rights. She volunteered as a counselor to victims of domestic abuse.
KU offered its deepest condolences Friday to Mackey's family who is from Hays, Kansas. The Law School Dean described Mackey's life as one of great promise.
Anyone with information regarding Adolfo Garcia-Nunez is encouraged to call the Lawrence Police Department at 785-843-7509 or the Crimestoppers Hotline at 785-843-
KU released a statement on Friday from Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Dean of the School of Law Gail Agrawal. Agrawal's statement said:
"The law school community mourns the loss of our student and classmate Jana Mackey. Jana was well loved by all of us. She was a smart, engaging woman whose warm personality and quick smile endeared her to all who knew her. As a second-year law student, she was already a committed, skilled advocate, focusing her considerable talents on women's issues, including the rights of rape victims and domestic abuse survivors. Hers was a life of great promise. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to her family in this time of shared deep sorrow."
Counselors from KU's Counseling and Psychological Services department are being made available to those who knew Mackey.
Mackey received her KU undergraduate degree in Women's Studies in fall 2007.
She also was a talented singer and actress, receiving honors as an undergraduate for her theater performances. She was awarded several scholarships for her law school work.