Lawyers Spar Over Evidence in Hall Case

By: AP
By: AP

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Lawyers sparred today over the availability of evidence in the case of a man charged with capital murder in the kidnapping, rape and slaying of an 18-year-old woman last summer.

The hearing was ordered by Johnson County District Judge Peter Ruddick because defense lawyers have accused prosecutors in the case of withholding evidence that could help their client.

Edwin R. Hall is charged with capital murder in the death of Kelsey Smith, of Overland Park.

Smith disappeared June 2nd after leaving a Target store. Her body was found four days later about 15 miles away in a Missouri park.

Defense lawyer Paul Cramm has questioned evidence that had been made available to his office, including surveillance video of Smith leaving the Target store and of what police have identified as video of her car leaving the Target parking lot.

Hall's trial is scheduled to begin September 16th. He faces a possible death penalty if convicted.

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