Defendant to undergo psych eval in double homicide

Bradley Sportsman (Source: Shawnee Co. Dept of Corrections)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The man accused of killing his wife and her cousin was ordered to hand over his health care records from eight facilities, including hospitals and the Dept. of Corrections.

Bradley D. Sportsman is going to assert the mental disease or defect defense when he is tried for the killing of Lisa Sportsman and Jesse Polinsky last year, Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios wrote in a court order.

Based on that, Sportsman "is deemed to have consented to the release of these documents and the court so orders them to be released," Rios wrote in an order issued last week.

Sportsman is ordered to permit the release of mental health records from Larned State Hospital, Clay County Medical Center, Osawatomie State Hospital, Valeo Behavioral Health Care, Salina Regional Health Center, and Salina Memorial Hospital, the court judge's order said.

The judge also ordered Sportsman to undergo a mental evaluation by Dr. Mitch Flesher, a psychologist.

Sportsman is to be tried starting June 17.

In all, Sportsman, 41, is charged with:

  • Two counts of premeditated first-degree murder of each victim;
  • Two alternative counts of felony first-degree murder of each victim;
  • Conspiracy to commit murder;
  • Aggravated burglary;
  • Attempted murder;
  • Criminal discharge of a firearm; and
  • Distributing heroin.

In January, Sportsman declined to plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and one count each of aggravated burglary and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, all of which are felonies. If Sportsman, of Hollenberg, had accepted the plea offer, the sentences would have totaled 672 months, which is 56 years.

On July 23, the bodies of Lisa Sportsman, 28, and her cousin, Jesse A. Polinskey, 17, were found in her Hi-Crest artea home at 3451 S.E. Girard. The Sportsmans had been separated.

Police received information that a blue pickup truck with four men in it was parked about one block from the S.E. Girard address, and a detective relayed the information to other officers, who spotted the pickup at I-470 and S.W. Topeka Boulevard and stopped it on I-470 and Gage.

The occupants were Sportsman; Cole Pingel, 20, of Greenleaf; Matthew D. Hutto, 19; and Richard Daniel Showalter, 31.

Sportsman, Hutto and Showalter were arrested following the traffic stop.
On Oct. 29, Pingel, 20, of Greenleaf, was bound over to be tried on one felony charge of interference with a law enforcement when Pingel allegedly made a false statement to an officer on July 23, the same day the victims were found.

Pingel next will be in court on Thursday at a scheduling docket.

On Jan. 18, Hutto, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony first-degree murder, and six charges were dismissed, court records said.

Hutto pleaded guilty to two charges of felony first-degree murder and on May 10 was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences with no chance for parole until he serves at least 50 years.

Showalter, 32, is charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder of each victim; two alternative counts of felony first-degree murder for each victim; and one count each of conspiracy to commit murder; aggravated burglary; attempted murder, and possession of opiate.

Showalter will face a preliminary hearing on June 14.