Archive for Friday, January 16, 2009

2nd defendant convicted in Bonner Springs murder case

Robin Bell was beaten to death.

January 16, 2009


A Wyandotte County jury Friday convicted a second defendant of first-degree murder in the November 2005 killing of a manager at a Bonner Springs Dollar General Store.

Jurors convicted John W. Backus, 22, of Bonner Springs, of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery for the slaying of Robin K. Bell, 44, who lived in Tonganoxie.

Bell was found dead in the store she managed, killed by a blow to the head with a metal tripod. The crime remained unsolved for nearly two years. In May 2008, a jury convicted Robert Haberlein, 21, of Kansas City, Kan., of the same three charges.

A third defendant — Amber Russell, a Lenexa teen who was a juvenile at the time of the crime — has an agreement with the Wyandotte County district attorney’s office that she will be tried as a minor in exchange for testimony against the other two defendants.

District Judge John McNally will sentence Haberlein and Backus on March 27.


angelmom 9 years, 5 months ago

Match the punishment with the crime. Maybe if we started doing that the crimes would slow down.

J2od 9 years, 5 months ago

The death penalty, however, does NOT drive down the crime rate.Besides, do you really think a judge or jury or any other social group should have any say over whether a supposed perp lives or dies? Let God sort them out; let the surviving family members have a say; hell, just about anything would work better. Public mutilation may not be humane, but after the cruel and unusual do the cruel and unusual, what do they deserve?Don't get me wrong: I understand desperation... but I stand by personal accountability.

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