State Supreme Court hears appeal from death row inmate Scott Cheever

A lawyer for a man who admitted killing a southeastern Kansas sheriff tells the state Supreme Court that prosecutors violated her client's constitutional rights by providing privileged psychological testimony at his trial.

The high court heard arguments Wednesday in Scott Cheever's appeal for the 2005 murder of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels. Cheever was sentenced to death.

Cheever admitted killing Samuels. But he argued at his trial that he was high on meth and incapable of premeditation when he opened fire on Samuels and four other officers.

Death sentences get an automatic review by the state's high court.

The Wichita Eagle reports that public defender Debra Wilson said Cheever didn't give permission to use the psychological records, which usually fall under a client-provider privilege.

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Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

 

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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear a number of appeals in the case against Scott Cheever.  Cheever was convicted and sentenced to death murder of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels. 

Samuels was gunned down while trying to bust a methamphetamine operation in January of 2005.

Cheever was convicted of Capital Murder and several other charges.

The appellate motion includes several issues including the constitutionality of the state's death penalty and jury instructions relating to the guilt and sentencing phases.

The hearing is set for May 18th.

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