Lawrence crime

Kansas AG asks top state court to void Wichita pot ordinance
April 10, 2015
Kansas’ attorney general asked the state’s top court Thursday to nullify a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession because it conflicts with state law.
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
Wichita seeks ruling on legality of marijuana initiative
09:14 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
A day after Wichita voters approved a ballot measure that would reduce the penalties for small amounts of marijuana, the city asked a court to rule on the legality of the proposed changes, which had already drawn a warning from the state attorney general.
Martin Miller retrial: Pathologist said there is ‘no way’ Miller’s wife died by homicide
01:22 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Well-known pathologist Cyril Wecht on Tuesday testified at the retrial of Martin Miller, 56, that there was “no way” Miller’s wife’s 2004 death was a homicide. 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
Lawrence man’s soon-to-be ex-wife testifies he sodomized her
06:01 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was bound over for trial Tuesday on one charge of aggravated criminal sodomy after his ex-wife testified at a preliminary hearing that he sodomized her.
Martin Miller retrial: Still no jury after second day of voir dire
05:47 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
The second day of jury selection in the retrial of Martin Miller, charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife more than 10 years ago, concluded Tuesday with 48 potential jurors selected for the jury panel. A Douglas County jury convicted Miller, 56, in 2005 of first-degree murder in the July 28, 2004, death of Mary E. Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home. The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled in February 2014 that Miller should get a new trial based on errors in the jury instructions during his initial trial.
Lawrence man charged with animal cruelty, making threat
08:33 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A Lawrence man faces felony charges after he was accused of killing a 10-week-old puppy and threatening a victim he shared the animal with, police said.
Martin Miller trial: Jury selection begins in retrial of Lawrence man once convicted of murder
10:42 a.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
Jury selection began this morning in the retrial of Martin Miller, charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife in 2004.
Judge considers allowing man convicted of sex crimes to take back waiver of juvenile jurisdiction
06:23 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:28 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff said she will consider allowing a 19-year-old Yuma, Ariz., man who pleaded guilty to multiple sex offense in June to take back his waiver of juvenile jurisdiction in the case.
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.