Court documents shine new light on Hi-Crest double murder

Published: Aug. 15, 2018 at 9:35 PM CDT
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Court documents shine new light on what happened when two people were killed in the Hi-Crest area in late July.

According to the arrest affidavit, one of the suspects, 19 year old Matthew Hutto told police, Bradley Sportsman, Lisa Sportsman’s estranged husband, gave orders to Hutto and Richard Showalter to kill Lisa.

Hutto told detectives that someone told Bradley that Lisa was a snitch and needed to be killed or he, Bradley, would be killed. A witness questioned at the scene said Bradley was in a gang.

A week before the murder, Hutto told detectives that he, Sportsman and Showalter traveled to Topeka from Greenleaf to attempt to kill Lisa, but she was not home.

On the day of the murder, a man whose name is redacted in the affidavit told a detective he, Sportsman, Hutto and Showalter drove again from Greenleaf, with the other three discussing plans to kill Lisa on the way.

The man said they then dropped off Hutto and Showalter at Lisa’s house.

According the affidavit, Hutto told detectives she and her cousin, Jesse Polinskey, were sleeping on the floor.

Hutto said he and Showalter broke in through a window and, once inside, Showalter first bludgeoned Polinskey with a hammer, then repeatedly stabbed Lisa, before also hitting her in the head with the hammer.

The affidavit states an autopsy found Polinsky was hit in the head more than 30 times, while Lisa had more than 50 stab wounds.

According to the affidavit, Sportsman told detectives he dropped off the pair to score marijuana, while Showalter said they went to inspect the home. He said they were there about five minutes, and he doesn't remember anything else because he was using drugs.

The affidavit's state Lisa’s aunt found the bodies and called 911 at approximately 12:16 p.m. on July 23rd.

Police pulled over Sportsman's pick-up a short time later on I-470 and arrested him, Showalter and Hutto

Inside the truck, they found handguns, knives, used rubber gloves and blood-splattered slacks.

Hutto, Showalter and Bradley Sportsman have a preliminary hearing November 19th on two counts of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated battery.

Sportsman also has a competency hearing August 23rd.