UPDATE: Friday, August 17, 2012
A man has been found guilty of killing a Haysville woman after his original conviction was overturned by the Kansas Supreme court.
A Sedgwick County jury found Greg Berry guilty of second-degree murder Friday after he struck and killed Vicki Brown during a chase in 2004.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled his 2005 conviction should be overturned because the jury should have been allowed to consider less-serious charges.
Berry will be sentenced Sept. 26.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A new trial is underway for a Wichita man who has already been convicted of killing a Haysville woman. Greg Berry was convicted in 2005 for first degree murder after he fled a traffic stop near 47th and Broadway.
The Kansas Supreme Court, however, threw out Berry's conviction and ordered a new trial. The high court said the original jury should have been instructed that they could find Berry guilty of less serious crimes than first degree murder.
It was nearly eight years ago that then-Deputy Tracy Spreier pulled over Berry in South Wichita. As Spreier approached the car, Berry floored it and sped off. His speed was estimated at 70-100 miles-per-hour when he slammed into a car driven by Vicki Brown of Haysville. Brown was killed instantly.
Berry fled to a nearby mobile home and broke into it. He was captured there.
When the case goes to the jury this time, the 12 men and women will not only consider convicting Berry of first degree murder, but also less-serious charges of 2nd degree reckless murder, involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide.
The trial is expected to last most of the week.
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