High Court To Open New Term With Two Capital Cases

The Kansas Supreme Court is opening its 2003-2004 term next week with 24 cases -- including two involving capital murder.

The court will hear the case of Michael Marsh on Monday afternoon. He is sentenced to die by lethal injection after being convicted of the June 1996 shooting and stabbing of a Wichita woman and the burning of her home. That led to the death of the woman's 19-month-old daughter.

The court plans to hear the case of Gary Kleypas for a second time on Wednesday morning. He is sentenced to death for the March 1996 rape and stabbing of a 20-year-old Pittsburg State University student.

The Supreme Court went nearly three decades without handling a capital case before fielding the first appeal of Kleypas in 2001.