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Liles seeks appeal for triple homicide conviction, argues an unfair trial

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 9:26 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kora Liles is appealing her conviction of three consecutive life terms, saying she did not receive a fair trial.

Liles was convicted of three counts of felony murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, and two drug crimes for her role in a 2017 triple homicide in north Topeka.

At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, a public defender representing Liles claimed the case is a violation of the presumption of innocence, fueled by meth and other drug use. She argues the jury was not allowed to weigh the evidence fairly of whether she was a bystander or perpetrator. That the prosecutor gave jurors wrong instruction. Their argument states the state breached an unwritten agreement she would be given consideration and not a maximum sentence if she testified against her co-defendants. She said she wants them to reverse her conviction and have a new trial.

Nicole Fisher, Luke Davis, and Matthew Leavitt were found dead in March 2017 in a north Topeka home. They were strangled or suffocated -- the men also had been beaten.

Brian Flowers, Shane Mays, Joseph Krahn, and Joseph Lowry were sentenced for their part in the killings.

Flowers is serving two consecutive 25-year life terms. Mays received 104 months. Krahn is serving three consecutive 50-year sentences. Lowry was sentenced to 125 years on three counts of first-degree murder among other charges.

A decision on Liles’ appeal is not expected for several weeks.

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