Kansas appeals court orders new hearing in 2008 killing

Gavel (KSN News)
Gavel (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas appellate court says a woman serving a 14-year sentence for a 2008 beating death can challenge her conviction on claims that her trial attorney was ineffective.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports a Kansas Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday sent Shanna Friday’s case back to Douglas County to allow her to argue that the trial court wrongly admitted her questioned taped confession into evidence.

Friday also insists a court-appointed attorney failed to adequately challenge that confession.

Friday was convicted of killing 62-year-old Jerry Lee Deshazer at his Lawrence home.

The Kansas Supreme Court upheld her conviction in 2013. But the appeals court ruled that the trial court didn’t properly consider her motion to suppress the confession.