Court proceedings start again in homicide retrial

Phillip Cheatham  (KSN File Photo)
Phillip Cheatham (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Court proceedings in the retrial of a Topeka man whose death penalty conviction was overturned will begin Thursday.

A status conference for Phillip D. Cheatham Jr. is scheduled in Shawnee County District Court, with the focus on scheduling the upcoming trial.

Cheatham was convicted in 2005 of capital murder in the deaths of Annette Roberson and Gloria Jones and wounding a third woman at a Topeka home in December 2003. The Kansas Supreme Court overturned his conviction in January, citing ineffective counsel from his attorney.

Prosecutors have 90 days to start Cheatham retrial unless he seeks a continuance.

Cheatham will be retried on charges of capital murder, first-degree premeditated murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and

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