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Twice-Paroled Man Charged With 17 Counts After Brutal Attack On Family Members

Posted on December 12, 2016, Criminal Defense

Sedgwick County prosecutors recently levied a total of 17 charges against 47-year-old Hassan Lamont Wright after a brutal attack on his own niece and her two young daughters. The defendant had been out on parole for less than one year prior to the attack, which was only the latest incident in a long history of […]

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Feds Decline Criminal Charges In Atchison Grain Elevator Explosion

Posted on December 2, 2016, Criminal Defense

Five years after a catastrophic explosion at an Atchison grain elevator took the lives of six workers, federal investigators concluded their inquiry deciding not to file criminal charges against the facility’s owner. A state-led investigation already determined the explosion was accidental and caused by the combustion of grain dust at the elevator. While the U.S. […]

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Johnson County Man Arrested For Arson Of Ex-Girlfriend’s Home In Overland Park

Posted on November 25, 2016, Criminal Defense

A Johnson County man was recently arrested in connection with a blaze that destroyed his ex-girlfriend’s home in Overland Park. Prosecutors charged the man with two counts of arson and one count of violating a protective order and filed a motion revoking his bond over related charges accusing the man of aggravated battery against his ex-girlfriend […]

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Kansas City Man Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Olathe Rapper

Posted on November 15, 2016, Criminal Defense

A Johnson County jury recently found a Kansas City man guilty of first-degree murder and assault for the shooting death of an aspiring Olathe rapper outside an Overland Park bar over an altercation in the parking lot. While the defendant, in this case, did not pull the trigger himself, prosecutors nonetheless held him responsible for […]

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Kansas Court Of Appeals To Rule On “Stand Your Ground” Self Defense

Posted on October 25, 2016, Criminal Defense

The Kansas Court of Appeals recently heard arguments from state prosecutors on why murder charges should be reinstated against a man they say committed a premeditated attack. A Finney County district judge had already granted the defendant’s immunity from prosecution after he determined the suspect acted in self-defense and that prosecutors could not sufficiently demonstrate […]

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2016 Changes To Kansas Theft And Burglary Charges

Posted on August 16, 2016, Criminal Defense

Recent updates to Kansas’ theft and burglary statutes went into effect on July 1, 2016 which change when and how suspects will be charged with property crimes. The changes are important because many theft and burglary charges are made based on the circumstances of the offense, value of the property allegedly taken, and whether or […]

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Murder Suspect Represents Himself

Posted on August 6, 2016, Criminal Defense Violent Crimes

Shawnee County District Judge Nancy Parrish recently allowed Caleb Kanatzar to dismiss his attorney and represent himself in court despite repeated warnings the legal maneuver could have serious adverse consequences. Kanatzar is charged with intentional second-degree murder for the killing of a Topeka man found dead in his car in the middle of the road […]

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Topeka City Councilman Resigns Amid Child Abuse Allegations

Posted on May 10, 2016, Child Abuse Criminal Defense

A Topeka city councilman recently resigned from office in accordance with an agreement with prosecutors to resolve child abuse allegations against him and his wife. Jonathan Schumm and his wife Allison were charged in November of last year by the Shawnee County District Attorney for abusing one of their 16 children. The couple was arrested on […]

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How Are Criminal Charges Brought Against Someone?

Posted on March 21, 2016, Criminal Defense

In the United States, our state and federal laws contain legal frameworks for bringing criminal charges against suspects and the rights they are then afforded. Individuals can be charged in various ways, each with its own set of procedures and legal challenges. As a former District Attorney and Kansas Attorney General, Paul Morrison has intimate knowledge […]

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Murder Charge in the Commission of a Felony – Kansas law KSA 21-3401

Posted on January 21, 2016, Criminal Defense Violent Crimes

Kansas has instilled a law, KSA 21-3401, that is hopeful in preventing vicarious murders from people that are in the act of committing a felony. According to Kansas State Law: “Murder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed . . . in the commission of, attempt to commit, or flight […]

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