Judge Scolds Kline for Dragging Feet in Kelsey Smith Case

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ A Johnson County judge is scolding District Attorney Phill Kline for not cooperating with defense attorneys in the Kelsey Smith case.

But District Judge Peter Ruddick declined to impose sanctions requested by defense attorneys. They're complaining that that they
still hadn't received a Target store video and follow-up reports on 1,100 leads.

Ruddick responded that he had never handled a murder case that required so many hearings to get evidence to the defense. When Kline told Ruddick that the defense first asked for the video early in the case, the judge said, "Come on, Mr. Kline. Come on.''

Edwin Hall of Olathe is charged with capital murder in the kidnapping, rape and slaying of the 18-year-old Smith. She disappeared on June 2 last year from a Target parking lot in Overland Park. Her body was found four days later across the state line in Missouri.

Among the evidence the defense said was missing were FBI reports
about another potential suspect identified by Grandview, Missouri,
police; videotape of the Target parking lot where Smith was abducted; and surveillance video from three stores at Oak Park mall that defense attorneys contend might provide their client with an alibi.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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