- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A federal appeals court has thrown out a woman’s convictions for her role in the 2006 death of Topeka homeless activist David Owen.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled Kimberly Sharp’s confession should not have been admitted at her trial on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges. The decision is subject to the state’s right to retry her.

The Kansas attorney general’s office said it was consulting with the Shawnee County district attorney’s office to determine potential next steps.

A three-judge appeals panel said the homeless woman’s statements were involuntary because police promised her no jail and help finding shelter for her and her children to live. She was among four people convicted in connection with Owen’s death.

Owen’s body was found near the Kansas River a month after he disappeared.

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