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Man to be retried in 2006 Lawrence murder

December 27, 2012

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Christopher Belone, 41, was convicted in the 2006 beating death of his girlfriend, Linda Begay. On Friday, however, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Belone.

Christopher Belone, 41, was convicted in the 2006 beating death of his girlfriend, Linda Begay. On Friday, however, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Belone.

The Douglas County District Attorney's Office has refiled murder charges against a Lawrence man whose 2007 murder conviction was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Christopher Belone, 41, was convicted of second-degree murder in the beating death in July 2006 of Linda Begay, Lawrence. Begay died of an abdominal infection days after Belone struck her in the stomach with a coffee-table leg during a beating at Gaslight Village mobile-home park.

The Kansas Supreme Court in September ordered a new trial after finding a district court judge erred in allowing into evidence statements Begay made to police she died. Based on case law decided following Belone’s conviction, the admission of such evidence violated Belone’s Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses, the court stated in its opinion.

Last week, prosecutors refiled a second-degree murder charge against Belone, who is also charged with obstructing the legal process and violation of a protection order, crimes he was convicted of in the previous trial.

In 2007, Belone was sentenced by Douglas County District Judge Jack Murphy to 48 years in prison. Murphy retired in January 2009.

Belone remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail.

Comments

NVET 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't personally know this guy, but it sounds like he would be your typical women beater. He should never be allowed outside prison walls. Followed the story then, and there was a part how he bragged about beaten the mother of his child! Thats a real man, if they go through the process of wasting more taxpayers money they should give him life this time. What a waste of life and time!

dinoman 1 year, 11 months ago

Thou my personal beliefs aside.... I do believe in the justice system and in that belief he should be tried just like anybody else without any beliefs involved. Until proven beyond a reasonable doubt he is not guilty. End of story. And yes... I do believe he should be punished an eye for an eye not life in prison... we the people have wasted way too much money and time on inmates that cannot be rehibilitated. Again END of story...

FlintlockRifle 1 year, 11 months ago

Does Kansas still have the death penalty???

Eugehne Normandin 1 year, 11 months ago

I will pay cab fare to my house see you later loser

Loretta James 1 year, 11 months ago

an eye for sn eye would be to excute him once a woman beater always a beater they dont usually change

geekin_topekan 1 year, 10 months ago

"statements Begay made to police she died."

before she died, perhaps?

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 10 months ago

You lose the right to confront witnesses when you kill said witnesses.

ebyrdstarr 1 year, 10 months ago

No, you lose the right to confront a witness when you intentionally make that witness unavailable for the purpose of preventing the witness from testifying in court. Just killing a person doesn't cut it.

ebyrdstarr 1 year, 10 months ago

It is the rule that applies across the board. If your case is still pending on appeal when a new decision is released, that decision applies to your case.

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