- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A federal appeals panel has ruled that a Kansas woman sentenced to life in prison for the death of a homeless advocate will get a new trial.

The ruling Wednesday from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver sets aside the conviction of Kimberly Sharp, who was convicted in the 2006 death of 38-year-old David Owen, a homeless advocate who disappeared in June 2006. His body was found the next month.

Sharp and two men were convicted of first-degree murder in Owen’s death. A fourth person was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

The appeals court said in a unanimous decision Wednesday that Sharp’s confession was involuntary and should not have been admitted at trial. The decision sends Sharp’s case back to Shawnee County District Court for a second trial.

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