New judge for Shawnee County murder trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A new Shawnee County District Judge has been assigned to the capital murder trial of man accused of killing two Topeka woman.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chief Judge Evelyn Wilson has appointed Judge Richard D. Anderson for the trial of Phillip D. Cheatham Jr.

Shawnee County District Judge Mark Braun recused himself from the case after Cheatham filed a judicial complaint against him.

Cheatham originally was sentenced to death for the 2003 shooting deaths of Annette Roberson and Gloria Jones, who were shot to death in 2003 in a Topeka home.

A new trial was ordered for Cheatham when the Kansas Supreme Court, citing ineffective assistance of counsel, overturned his capital murder conviction and death penalty sentence for the women's deaths.

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