Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lawsuit claims woman unfairly convicted in highway workers’ deaths

August 29, 2012


An attorney argued Wednesday that a 53-year-old woman convicted of striking and killing two highway workers with her truck south of Lawrence in 2007 did not receive a fair trial.

Carl Folsom is representing Ramona I. Morgan in her civil case against the state alleging she is wrongfully imprisoned. He said several factors, including the jury instructions, created a prejudice against Morgan during her 2008 trial in Douglas County.

Jurors convicted Morgan on two counts of reckless second-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery, and she is serving a 26-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors accused Morgan of driving recklessly around a flagger on Sept. 11, 2007, through a construction zone on U.S. Highway 59 and accelerating to 51 mph before hitting the two workers, Tyrone Korte, 30, and Rolland Griffith, 24. But Morgan has claimed she became scared that morning because she thought people has been chasing her for two days across Missouri and Kansas, shooting at her truck and trying to rob her.

One of Folsom arguments Wednesday was that jurors should have had the option to convict Morgan under a definition of involuntary manslaughter stating that the deaths occurred “during the commission of a lawful act in an unlawful manner.” He said this would have presented an alternative to second-degree murder, which is a more serious crime.

But Eve Kemple, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, said jurors did have the option of convicting Morgan under a different definition of involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide, which is a misdemeanor. Yet, they still reached a verdict of second-degree murder, she said.

District Judge Paula Martin will hearing arguments in the civil case at 3:30 p.m. Friday.


Thomas Bryce 1 year, 7 months ago

Not only does she show no remorse for killing two people, She contends that SHE is the victim here. Truly Pathetic.


ironhead80 1 year, 7 months ago

This woman does not believe she did nothing wrong and shows no true remorse for these people. It seems sometimes these women get behind the wheel of these truck's and they feel powerful and the road is there domain. LIGHT HER UP!


jafs 1 year, 7 months ago

How exactly does one commit a "lawful" act in an "unlawful" manner?


Fatty_McButterpants 1 year, 7 months ago

Would it kill this reporter to do a little editing before submitting the article? The number of grammatical and spelling errors is very distracting.


thebcman 1 year, 7 months ago

This woman is guano crazy. Death is what she gave, Death is what she deserves. What a waste of oxygen.


jhawkinsf 1 year, 7 months ago

Losers in civil cases should be required to pay the expenses of the winner. That would cut down on a lot of the frivolous lawsuits we currently see.


patkindle 1 year, 7 months ago

it is obvious, she needs a higher priced lawyer thats all it takes


autie 1 year, 7 months ago

Meth is a helluva drug. from a source\

This is the BS that has nothing to do with right or wrong or justice and clogs up the system...frivolous suit anyone?


Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

I would venture to say that Ramona's own actions got her into her current circumstances.


blue73harley 1 year, 7 months ago

Too bad a death penalty wasn't an option.


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