Double Fatality on U.S. Highway 59

Ramona Morgan appeals convictions in U.S. 59 hit-and-run murders
December 2, 2008
A woman convicted of two counts of reckless second-degree murder for running over and killing two highway workers south of Lawrence in 2007 is appealing her conviction.
Video: Morgan appealing murder convtions

Ramona Morgan, convicted of two second-degree murders in connection to a Sept. 11, 2007, chase that killed two highway workers, is appealing her sentence. Watch »

Video: Washington woman sentenced to 26 years in prison for killing highway workers

Ramona Morgan was sentenced to more than 26 years for the Highway 59 deaths of two construction workers. Watch »

Video: Jury to continue deliberations in U.S. Highway 59 fatalities

Jurors hearing the second degree murder trial of Ramona Morgan deliberate more than four hours on Monday but have yet to reach a verdict. Watch »

Ramona Morgan guilty verdict
Jury finds Ramona Morgan guilty on all charges Construction worker files civil suit against Ramona Morgan Interview with the Morgan Prosecutors Jury finds Ramona Morgan guilty

A jury found Ramona Morgan guilty Tuesday afternoon of two counts of reckless second-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery. Interviews with the prosecutors, the families of the victims, and more.

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More Double Fatality on U.S. Highway 59
Attorney seeks dismissal of murder verdicts, new trial for Ramona Morgan in hit-and-run case
October 14, 2008
The defense attorney for a woman convicted in September of running over and killing two highway workers in 2007 in Douglas County has filed several motions asking the judge to grant a new trial or throw out the verdicts altogether.
Jurors in U.S. Highway 59 murder trial have questions for court
11:50 a.m., September 9, 2008 Updated 12:03 p.m.
Jurors deliberating the fate of a woman accused in a fatal 2007 Douglas County hit-and-run have asked the judge another question at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Jury heads home in hit-and-run case
02:18 p.m., September 8, 2008 Updated 05:27 p.m.
Jurors in a hit-and-run trial involving the deaths of two highway workers in Douglas County will have to decide whether the defendant showed an extreme indifference to the value of human life by her actions that day on Sept. 11, 2001.
KBI, coroner, defendant testify in hit-and-run trial
September 5, 2008
During cross-examination Friday, a Douglas County prosecutor accused a murder defendant of being angry and sleep-deprived when she struck and killed two highway construction workers on Sept. 11, 2007. “I honestly didn’t see any people,” replied defendant Ramona Morgan, 49, of Washington state, who faces two reckless second-degree murder charges.
Daughter says mom feared she was being chased on day of double fatality on U.S. 59
September 4, 2008
A woman accused of killing two highway workers and injuring a third didn’t stop until she was more than 25 miles away from the scene of the fatal accident, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. The trooper’s testimony came during the third day of trial for 49-year-old Ramona Morgan. Morgan is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery in connection with the Sept. 11, 2007, accident in a construction zone on U.S. Highway 59.
First responder testifies in hit-and-run trial
September 3, 2008
A construction worker struck by a pickup truck speeding through a work zone described the scene on U.S. Highway 59 nearly a year ago. “I saw shovels and hard hats flying in the air,” Curtis Delzell testified. “I tried to process what I was seeing.”
Trial in deaths of US 59 workers begins
Defense attorney: Morgan thought she struck barrels
01:43 p.m., September 2, 2008 Updated 11:21 p.m.
What started as a normal day last September in a construction zone along U.S. Highway 59 ended in the deaths of two workers.Trial began Tuesday in Douglas County District Court for the woman prosecutors say should be held accountable. “They were working in the safe lane where no traffic was allowed,” Assistant District Attorney Eve Kemple told jurors during opening statements. “They weren’t safe.”
Trial to begin in hit-and-run deaths
September 2, 2008
A woman accused in the hit-and-run deaths of two highway workers south of Lawrence will soon begin standing trial, nearly a year after the incident. Jury selection starts today in the trial of Ramona Morgan, 49, of Washington state.
Motion rejected in hit-and-run case
August 22, 2008
Trial is scheduled to start early next month for a Washington woman accused of killing two construction workers last year on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence.