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Kansas Supreme Court to review 2 Douglas County murder cases this week

October 21, 2012


— Two people convicted in murder cases in Douglas County will have appeals before the Kansas Supreme Court this week.

On Tuesday, the court will hear oral arguments in the appeal of Shanna Friday, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of 62-year-old Jerry Deshazer.

Deshazer bled to death after being hit with a bottle during a fight at his mobile home in eastern Lawrence. Friday was sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison.

Her boyfriend, Jerod Buffalohead, who was also involved in the fight, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a five-year prison sentence.

Friday, now 41, is appealing on numerous grounds, including exclusion of evidence that a witness had received a plea agreement.

Family members and friends of Deshazer described him as someone who loved to help people.

On Wednesday, the court will consider the appeal of Allen Dale Smith, who was convicted of felony murder and aggravated burglary in the 2005 shooting death of Clarence David Boose, 77, at his home near Lecompton.

Boose, a retired Topeka jeweler, was shot in the head when he surprised burglars.

Smith and his cousin Leonard Wayne Price were on a crime spree, burglarizing homes in northeast Kansas and using the money to buy methamphetamine, according to a statement Smith gave police.

Smith, now 41, was sentenced to life in prison for murder and 11 years and four months for aggravated burglary. Price, now 51, pleaded guilty to felony murder but said he did not shoot Boose. He was sentenced to life in prison. Smith and Price also were convicted and sentenced in a Pottawatomie County shooting and burglary.

Boose and his wife had founded David’s Jewelers on Kansas Avenue in Topeka.

Smith has raised numerous issues in his appeal, including the admission of evidence relating to other residential burglaries.

The court is hearing arguments in cases all week.


Ceallach 5 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone know if Jerry Deshazer attended a local Baptist church?

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