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September 22, 2001


Attorneys for accused serial killer seek delay

Olathe - The trial of accused serial killer John E. Robinson should be pushed back from January to September 2002, his attorneys said in court papers filed Thursday.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Robinson, who is charged in Johnson County with capital and first-degree murder in the deaths of three women. He also is accused in neighboring Cass County, Mo., with killing three women whose remains were found in barrels in a storage locker that he had rented in Raymore, Mo.

"Given the severe nature of the possible punishment, " Robinson's new attorneys said they can't be ready by Jan. 14.

Judge puts lien on pharmacist's assets

Kansas City, Mo. A federal judge has clarified an order freezing most of pharmacist Robert R. Courtney's assets after hearing allegations Thursday that he is attempting to hide his money.

Courtney faces 20 federal counts alleging that he diluted chemotherapy drugs and more than 50 civil lawsuits on behalf of cancer patients or their families. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held in jail pending trial.

The lien would ensure that Courtney pays his fines should he be found guilty.

Prosecutors have estimated Courtney's wealth at more than $10 million, including two pharmacies worth $1.1 million.

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