Kansas Supreme Court Orders New Trial In 90 Days

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Kansas Supreme Court says prosecutors must try a Topeka man whose death penalty conviction was overturned within 90 days.

The court in January ordered a new trial for Phillip Cheatham in the 2003 murders of two women and the wounding of a third in Topeka. The deadline for an appeal of that order passed last week, prompting Monday's order.

Cheatham told the Topeka Capital-Journal Monday in an interview from Hutchinson Correctional Facility that he just wants to go home. He said he would consider applying for bond because he wanted to walk out the front door of the prison.

The court ordered the new trial after finding Cheatham didn't get an adequate defense from his attorney in the original trial.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 205379731 - kake.com/a?a=205379731