TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee County judge has sealed court records in the case of a man who was committed to a mental hospital after killing a woman in 2001 and has since been moved to a Topeka facility.
Lee McGowan, senior assistant Shawnee County district attorney, told The Topeka Capital Journal (http://bit.ly/15I3Oqu ) that Judge Evelyn Wilson on Wednesday ordered court records sealed in the case of Hal Bates, who was committed to a mental hospital after beating 85-year-old Elizabeth Cowperthwaite of Topeka to death in 2001.
McGowan is contesting a Pawnee County judge’s order earlier this year releasing Bates to a Topeka nursing facility for mental health.
McGowan says Wilson sealed the court records after an attorney representing Bates filed a motion seeking to close court proceedings regarding Bates’ move to Topeka.
Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com