Kansas Supreme Court Hears Appeal In Student's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A defense attorney is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to order a new trial for a man convicted of raping and killing an El Dorado teenager.

Capital appellate defender Debra Wilson argued during a Wednesday hearing on behalf of Israel Mireles. He received a life sentence for the 2007 death of 18-year-old Emily Sander in an El Dorado motel room.

Wilson said jurors should have been instructed they could find that Mireles was so intoxicated after leaving a bar with Sander that he could not have formed the intent to kill her.

The state contends evidence that Mireles intended to kill the Butler Community College student was overwhelming.

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