Saturday, September 22, 2012
The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Lawrence man convicted in 2007 of killing a woman.
Christopher A. Belone was convicted in March 2007 of second-degree murder, kidnapping and other charges in the 2006 beating death of Linda Begay. Belone was sentenced to about 48 years in prison.
Belone's attorney argued that a taped interview Belone did with authorities shouldn't have been admitted as evidence at his trial and appealed.
The Kansas Court of Appeals later ruled the district court erred in allowing the interview, but upheld Belone's conviction.
The Kansas high court said in an opinion Friday that it disagreed with the appeals court finding that allowing the taped interview was a "harmless error" and ordered a new trial.