Friday, September 13, 2013
A Wichita man has had his 2008 conviction for first degree murder and aggravated battery upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court.
A Sedgwick County jury had found Steven Notvotny guilty for the April, 2007 shooting death of Laquisha Starr. Starr, who was pregnant at the time of the shooting, had her baby delivered by emergency c-section. However, the child later died.
Notvotny was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 20 years, plus 4 years for aggravated battery.
The unanimous opinion by the supreme court states that Novotny failed to adequately raise a challenge to a search warrant. It also states that the district court correctly admitted eyewitness identification evidence and appropriately instructed the jury on aiding and abetting, and the prosecutor did not commit reversible misconduct during closing argument.