Murder of Risha Lafferty

Kansas Supreme Court to hear Jay Decker’s appeal in child murder case
October 13, 2008
On Oct. 14, 2005, police arrived at Edgewood Homes, 1600 Haskell Ave., to find Jay Decker with his 5-month-old daughter, Risha Lafferty, in his arms.
Father gets life for infant murder
January 4, 2007
A Lawrence man convicted in November of killing his infant daughter was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday by a Douglas County District Court judge.
Mom gets 60 days in infant death
Yearlong term shortened for testimony in dad’s trial
December 15, 2006
A judge on Thursday ordered a Lawrence woman to serve 60 days in jail for failing to protect her infant daughter from deadly abuse at the hands of the baby’s father. “Ms. Hendrickson understands fully that her baby paid the ultimate price,” said Kay Huff, defense attorney for 25-year-old Brandi Mae Hendrickson. “Society’s judgment is very harsh on mothers in Ms. Hendrickson’s position.”
Mother of murdered baby pleads to child endangerment
November 22, 2006
The mother of a 5-month-old baby killed in 2005 admitted Tuesday that she endangered the child by failing to report suspicious injuries, a plea that came days after the baby’s father was convicted of first-degree murder.
Decker found guilty of murder
01:17 p.m., November 17, 2006 Updated 03:23 p.m.
Closing arguments are over.
Closing arguments today in murder trial
November 17, 2006
Testimony ended Thursday in the second trial for Jay D. Decker, 27, who is accused in the abuse death of his 5-month-old daughter, Risha Lafferty, on Oct. 14, 2005.
Interrogation shown in child-abuse trial
November 16, 2006
Jurors on Wednesday watched a videotaped interrogation of a Lawrence man on trial for the child-abuse death of his 5-month-old daughter.
Opening statements given in infant death trial
November 15, 2006
The bruises that peppered 5-month-old Risha J. Lafferty could have been the result of a string of unfortunate accidents.
Trial underway in baby’s death
Jay Decker charged with killing daughter
November 13, 2006
This is Jay Decker’s second trial on the charge.
Judge to rule on witness issue in infant’s murder
October 27, 2006
A judge is expected to rule next week on whether attorneys for a man charged with murdering his infant daughter last year will be allowed to use statements from a witness who says she once saw the baby’s mother handle another baby roughly.
Police interview stalled first murder trial
Case against dad charged in death moves forward again
October 6, 2006
His first murder trial was called off on the last day of testimony after a police interview that had never been sent to prosecutors surfaced.
Second trial starts for man charged with killing his daughter
October 5, 2006
The Lawrence man charged with killing his infant daughter prepares to stand trial for a second time.
Judge declares a mistrial in murder case
August 4, 2006
The trial of a Lawrence man accused of murdering his 5-month-old daughter took a surprising turn Thursday when attorneys said they’d discovered new evidence and the judge declared a mistrial.
New evidence causes mistrial in Decker case
August 3, 2006
A mistrial is declared in the case of a Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder of his 5-month old daughter.
Disputed injuries key focus in trial
Testimony inconsistent in 5-month-old’s death
August 3, 2006
As he sat in a police interview room under suspicion of killing his 5-month-old daughter, Jay D. Decker insisted to police that he had never abused his child and that parenting wasn’t that hard.