Lawrence courts

Abuse, neglect now main reasons Kansas removes children from homes
10:18 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:39 a.m.
Abuse and neglect are the primary reasons children are being removed from their homes in Kansas, which is a change from the past, according to figures from the Department of Children and Families.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraudulent campaign loans
April 20, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is scheduled to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraud to finance campaign
April 19, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is due to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities in a federal case that highlights the state’s lax state campaign finance laws.
Anthem subsidiaries face lawsuit in Kansas over data breach
April 13, 2015
A former candidate for Kansas governor said Monday that he and other attorneys who are suing two subsidiaries of Anthem Inc. can show that individuals were harmed after hackers breached the health insurer’s computer networks.
Man accused of quadruple murders blamed ‘Omar and Chewy’ for the killings, according to court testimony; records end up sealed
04:23 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
After Kyle Flack was arrested in the 2013 brutal killings of three adults and a toddler near Ottawa, he blamed “Omar and Chewy,” two men he said he met in prison, prosecutors told a Franklin County judge during a hearing Wednesday. But authorities determined that “Omar and Chewy” did not exist after investigators checked prison records and conducted background checks, said Victor Braden, a Kansas deputy attorney general who is working with the Franklin County county attorney to prosecute the case. In addition, the court has sealed most of the court file after it said it wouldn’t. By Karen Dillon
Jury finds Martin Miller guilty of first-degree murder in retrial
11:35 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 05:11 p.m.
Jurors on Wednesday found Martin K. Miller guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his wife, nearly a decade after he was convicted of the crime in a previous trial. By Caitlin Doornbos
Martin Miller retrial: Coroner testifies about Mary Miller’s interior bruising, cause of death
02:16 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Douglas County Coroner Dr. Erik Mitchell continued his testimony Monday in the retrial of Martin K. Miller, charged with first-degree murder in the July 28, 2004, death of his wife, Mary Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home.
Martin Miller retrial: Former mistress testifies about four-year affair
11:56 a.m., April 3, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Martin Miller’s former mistress, Carrie Parbs, testified Friday morning about her and Miller’s four-year affair, which culminated in a commitment ceremony celebration just weeks before his wife’s death. By Caitlin Doornbos
Martin Miller retrial: Children recall morning of mother’s death; detective says Miller admitted to affair
01:07 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
On the second day of testimony in the first-degree murder retrial of Martin Miller, Miller’s son and daughter testified about their family and the death of their mother.
Martin Miller retrial: Daughter heard deceased screaming on morning of incident
11:21 a.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:52 p.m.
The daughter of a 56-year-old former Lawrence carpenter and Christian school leader charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife testified at her father’s retrial Wednesday that she heard her mother screaming the morning her mother died. By Caitlin Doornbos
Kansas appeals court clarifies use of ‘stand your ground’ defense
March 28, 2015
The Kansas Court of Appeals said trial courts must follow strict rules before allowing a defendant to claim immunity from prosecution under the state’s so-called “stand your ground” law. That 2010 law says individuals cannot be arrested, detained or prosecuted for using deadly force if they acted in self defense, unless officers can show probable cause that a crime was committed. By Peter Hancock
Victim’s father suing man convicted in beer bottle death, party host for $1.5 million
06:05 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:39 p.m.
The father of Nicholas Sardina, 27, of Lawrence, who was killed in 2012 after being struck over the head with a beer bottle during a brawl at a house party, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man convicted of manslaughter in his son’s death and the woman who hosted the party.
Detective: Financial records caused suspicion of man charged with first-degree murder
04:09 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:40 p.m.
A Lawrence detective testified Friday that financial records found at the crime scene raised suspicions about Ronald Eugene Heskett, a 48-year-old Eudora man charged with first degree murder in the death of a disabled Lawrence man in his care.
Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
01:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
Jurors find McLinn eligible for ‘Hard 50’ sentencing
10:40 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Jurors on Friday found Sarah Gonzales McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, guilty of the premeditated, first-degree murder of Harold “Hal” Sasko. On Monday, they decided the killing was committed in an “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner,” allowing a judge to sentence McLinn to a mandatory minimum of 50 years in prison without eligibility for parole. By Caitlin Doornbos