ATTORNEY M. KRISTINE SAVAGE HONORED BY INCLUSION IN BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA PUBLICATION (TOPEKA, Kan.) – Topeka attorney M. Kristine Lawless has been honored as one of the country’s most outstanding criminal defense lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America – 2009. Selection to the annual Best Lawyers publication is based on a rigorous, confidential…

Mother, girlfriend of slain man say they don’t blame jury for verdict Cortez Overstreet was found innocent Thursday in the shooting death of Michael Ridley. The jury of seven women and five men needed only 90 minutes of deliberation to determine which of two conflicting accounts of the incident was more credible. On Tuesday, Overstreet’s…

A 49-year-old man arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death on July 14 of a pedestrian in North Topeka has no criminal convictions and has a steady job history, the man’s defense attorney said Tuesday. Francis Edward Verschelden, of 1933 N.W. West, made his first appearance in Shawnee County District Court on Wednesday morning. He…

Courts release 44 inmates Habeas corpus cases: Since September, the county has been served with 97 suits to release suspects not charged after 48 hours   The release of a Topeka man who was arrested in connection with first-degree murder last week is the first case of its kind for Betsy Gillespie, who became the…

Teen gets 4 years in slaying Deal: 19-year-old avoids second-degree murder charge with plea agreement A 19-year-old who was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday paid a “pretty inexpensive price” for taking another 19-year-old’s life, a Shawnee County district judge told the convicted teen. Acie Antonio Evans, 19, of Topeka, received…

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