Murder Conviction For High Speed Crash During Chase Upheld

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the murder convictions of a man who killed two people when he crashed into their vehicle while running from police.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kaston Hudgins of Galena hit speeds reaching 120 mph in July 2009 while trying to elude a Cherokee County deputy after a traffic stop.

The chase ended when Hudgins' vehicle hit the back of a car driven by 41-year-old Teresa Kemp. She and her 13-year-old daughter Taylor were killed.

Hudgins was convicted in 2012 of two counts of first-degree felony murder and one count of fleeing a law officer. He received two concurrent "Hard 20" life sentences for murder and six months for fleeing.

The high court on Friday said there wasn't sufficient cause for a new trial.