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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Death for Sheriff's Killer

February 25, 2013  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a Kansas man's Fifth Amendment self-incrimination rights were violated when medical testimony was used to convict him of killing a sheriff.

The court announced Monday it would hear the case, Kansas v. Cheever, reports SCOTUS Blog.

The case stems from the killing of Greenwood County (Kan.) Matt Samuels on Jan. 19, 2005. Sheriff Samuels had gone to a house near Hilltop to locate Scott Cheever on illegal drug charges. Cheever opened fire on the sheriff and two deputies, killing the sheriff.

At trial, Cheever testified that he shot Sheriff Samuels, but argued that he was intoxicated at the time and couldn't form intent. He was convicted of capital murder in October 2007 and sentenced to death, after a psychiatrist's evaluation concluded he was not drunk at the time of the shooting.

On Aug. 24, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction and death sentence, agreeing with Cheever claim that the medical testimony violated his protection against self-incrimination.

Tags: U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Fifth Amendment, Greenwood County (Kan.) Sheriff, Kansas


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Sgt. Kevin bradford @ 2/26/2013 9:15 AM

This is B.S. Matt died over trying to serve a simple warrant, one Cheever would have been out of prison on by now, but he chose to ambush Matt and shoot him at Point blank range. I was assigned to The A.T.F. Task Force during this trial and worked closely with the ATF Case Agent and KBI Agents during this trial. Cheever knew exactly what he was doing, which came out in witness testimony as well as his own. He shot Matt down in Cold Blood and was smug about it. My Heart goes out to all the Samuels family and to my Friends with ATF and the KBI who did outstanding work on this very emotional case. The prosecutors on this case were TOP NOTCH as well and Did their job to ensure a fair trial. Cheever was a major escape risk and he and his family did everything they could to make court security a nightmare. Cheever is a P.O.S. and should count his blessings that the SWAT Team with The KHP took him in custody instead of killing him as he tried to do them as well. To all the LEOs on this case you did your jobs right, professionally and with Pride which is how Matt lived his life. Hopefully The Supreme Court will see through this B.S. and Cheever will soon walk through that final Valley.

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