Kansas AG Appeals Reversals In Sheriff's Killing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has appealed the state Supreme Court's order granting a new trial for a man who admitted killing a sheriff.

Schmidt said Thursday he has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if Scott Cheever's rights were violated at his trial for the 2005 shooting death of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels.

Cheever was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for the killing. Cheever contended he was high on meth and incapable of premeditation when he shot Samuels at a southeastern Kansas home where illegal drugs were made.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in August that Cheever's rights were violated during his trial. The court said a psychiatrist should not have been allowed to testify about Cheever's psychological records without his consent.