Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Murder Conviction

By: Samantha Anderson
By: Samantha Anderson

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a Topeka man who killed one man and wounded another in downtown Lawrence in 2006.

Rashawn T. Anderson is serving a 15-year sentence for the killing of 46-year-old Robert E. Williams and the shooting of Pierre C. Burnett after a concert at The Granada theatre in Lawrence.

The court ruled Friday that errors in jury instruction and closing arguments during Anderson's trial did not warrant reversing the verdict.

In March of 2009, Anderson was sentenced to life in prison for the July 2005 slaying of 19-year-old Christopher Caraway in Topeka. That sentence is running concurrently with the sentence imposed in Douglas County. His earliest possible date of release from prison is in 2033.

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