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Professor on trial - The murder of Carmen Ross

Kansas Supreme Court hears Murray appeal
September 6, 2007
A former Kansas State University English professor convicted of killing his ex-wife in rural Douglas County was denied a fair trial because of inappropriate statements made by prosecutors, a defense attorney argued Thursday before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Murray video statement
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# An excerpt from Thomas E. Murray's videotaped statement.

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Murray Trial
Defense explains Murray's Internet searches Prosecutor critiques Murray's statement to police Prosecution describes Ross' final moments Defense delivers closing statement Friend says Murray remarked about "all the blood" Lab director testifies about blood sample's DNA traces KBI scientist cross-examined about lack of DNA evidence Forensic expert discusses probable number of weapons used in murder Neighbor says Murray remarked about ex-wife's death Attorneys have verbal scuffle about evidence Opening statement from the prosecutors Opening statement from the defense

Kansas State University English professor Thomas E. Murray stood trial in 2005 for the murder of Carmin Ross. These are key moments from the trial.

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Murray's Voluntary Statement
E-mail fragments, June and July 2003
Correspondence between Murray and Ross
Lawrence murder to be featured on Investigation Discovery channel
November 7, 2010
Seven years ago, peace advocate Carmin Ross was brutally murdered in her home northwest of Lawrence. A jury convicted her ex-husband, Thomas Murray, a Kansas State University English professor, of first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison. The crime will be featured at 8 p.m. Monday on Investigation Discovery as part of a new series “Hardcover Mysteries.”
Former K-State professor, convicted murderer, says he’s been wrongfully imprisoned
January 20, 2009
A former Kansas State University professor convicted of murdering his ex-wife claims he’s been wrongfully imprisoned.
‘Evil’ words: New book examines investigation into 2003 murder in rural Lawrence
January 2, 2009
From the beginning, Angela Wilson was deeply interested in the case. Carmin Ross, a 40-year-old attorney, conflict mediator and peace advocate, was found brutally murdered in her own home. And Wilson, at the time a prosecutor in the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, was the attorney on call when it happened.
Justices hear case for new Murray trial
September 7, 2007
A former Kansas State University English professor convicted of killing his ex-wife in rural Douglas County was denied a fair trial because prosecutors made inappropriate statements, his attorney argued Thursday before the Kansas Supreme Court.
6News video: Supreme Court hears arguments in Murray case
September 6, 2007
He’s serving a life sentence for the 2003 murder of his ex-wife - but a former Kansas State University English professor believes he deserves a new trial.
Murderer’s appeal can be heard on Web site
September 6, 2007
A former professor convicted of killing his ex-wife in November 2003 takes his case today to the Kansas Supreme Court - and attorneys’ arguments will be played live online at the court’s Web site. Thomas Murray was convicted in March 2005 of stabbing and beating Carmin Ross, 40, at her home northwest of Lawrence. The case received national attention and was featured on CBS’ “48 Hours” program.
Murray murder appeal is Thursday - can be heard live online
September 5, 2007
Jurors found Murray guilty of first-degree murder, based largely on his suspicious statements and actions after Ross’ death, even though there was no physical evidence clearly linking him to the crime. He was sentenced to life in prison.
6News video: Imprisoned former K-State professor seeking a new trial
August 29, 2007
A former Kansas State University English professor convicted of killing his ex-wife claims he was denied a fair trial and wants a new one.
Murray seeking new trial
August 29, 2007
Thomas E. Murray, the Kansas State University professor convicted of killing his ex-wife, Carmin D. Ross, in her rural Douglas County home, says he was denied a fair trial and wants a new one. Murray’s appeal will be heard by the Kansas Supreme Court on Sept. 6. “The state’s case was a house of cards, built on dozens of minor circumstances,” Murray’s appellate attorney, Sarah Ellen Johnson, argued in a legal brief.
Convicted murderer appeals verdict
April 4, 2007
A Kansas State University professor convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 2003 is seeking a new trial, claiming that the jury made an irrational decision and that his first trial was unfair.
Convicted murderer wants case re-tried
April 3, 2007
A Kansas State University professor convicted of murdering his ex-wife seeks a new trial.
Murder used to raise awareness of domestic violence
November 15, 2006
Domestic violence can lurk below the surface for years in a relationship before it erupts.
Ross murder investigation to air on Court TV
May 26, 2006
Court TV (Sunflower Broadband Channel 48) will air a program at 9 p.m. tonight about the 2003 murder of Lawrence-area resident Carmin Ross. The episode, titled “Deadly Lesson,” will be shown on the program “The Investigators.”
Judge denies Murray’s bank account request
August 18, 2005
A judge has turned down a convicted murderer’s request to unfreeze his bank accounts, something he’d requested in part so he could spend more money on his legal defense.

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