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Search warrants challenged in killings

July 15, 2001

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— Attorneys for John E. Robinson Sr. filed three motions Friday to challenge the validity of search warrants used to find evidence in the multiple murder case.

Robinson, 57, of Olathe, is charged in Kansas with capital murder in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found last summer in sealed metal barrels on property he owned in Linn County. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of another woman who disappeared in 1985. Her body has not been found.

He also is accused in neighboring Cass County, Mo., of killing three women whose remains were found in barrels in a storage locker that he had rented in Raymore, Mo.

His attorneys argued that the Johnson County judge who signed a search warrant for Robinson's Linn County land on June 3, 2000, did not have authority to issue the warrant for property outside Johnson County.

All of the evidence obtained as a result of the warrant should be suppressed, wrote Alice Craig White, one of Robinson's attorneys from the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit.

In another suppression motion, Robinson's attorneys argued that the search warrant for his home, served June 2, 2000, did not support the large amount of material seized by police.

Personal financial records of Robinson and his wife and advertising literature were taken.

Again, the attorneys asked that all of the evidence collected at his house be thrown out.

The third motion involves the search of an Olathe storage locker rented by Robinson that yielded several items and photographs linked to some of the alleged victims.

White wrote officers seized material not covered by the affidavit supporting it.

Prosecutors said they were preparing written responses to the motions and others to be addressed at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.

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