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Conviction upheld in Hutchinson officer’s shooting

December 26, 2011


The Kansas Supreme Court says there was no problem with jurors viewing a slow-motion video showing a man shooting a Hutchinson police sergeant in the leg after robbing a flower shop.

The court on Friday unanimously upheld the convictions of Willie J. Dale, who is serving a sentence of nearly 63 years in prison in connection with the December 2005 robbery and shooting. The charges in Reno County included attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Dale's attorney objected to the prosecutor showing a show-motion video from then-Sgt. Clay Rothe's patrol car. Jurors already had seen a regular-speed version.

Dale's attorney said showing the slow-motion video was repetitive and prejudiced the jury against Dale. But the Supreme Court said the slow-motion video helped the jury determine the facts of the case.


Zype 3 years, 11 months ago

63 years? Not that he doesn't deserve it, but would it have been the same sentence if it weren't an officer that had been shot? I've heard of actual murder charges that got less than that.

skinny 3 years, 11 months ago

It's not any different than if you kill a Police Officer in the state of Kansas it is the automatic death sentence if convicted.

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