U.S. Supreme Court Uphelds Death Sentence Of A Convicted Murderer

By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man accused of killing a Kansas Sheriff.

Scott Cheever was convicted of Capital murder for the 2005 killing of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels.

The high court ruled that the state did not violate Cheever's Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote,"we hold that where a defense expert who has examined the defendant testifies that the defendant lacked the requisite mental state to commit a crime, the prosecution may offer evidence from a court-ordered psychological
examination for the limited purpose of rebutting the defendant’s evidence.”

Today's decision sends the case back to the Kansas Supreme Court for further proceedings.


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