- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court has thrown out the life sentence of one of three men convicted in the 2009 killing of an 18-year-old woman initially left to die in a car’s trunk.

The court unanimously ordered Joseph Mattox’s resentencing after ruling Friday the trial judge - not a jury as required - found aggravated factors warranting the life sentence without parole possible for 50 years.

The Supreme Court upheld Mattox’s first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery convictions involving the death of Keighley Alyea (KEE’-lee AL’-yay).

Friday’s ruling says Alyea was attacked and thrown into a car’s trunk before being assaulted again when she regained consciousness and began screaming. Her body was found a week later in Missouri’s Cass County.

An autopsy showed she’d been stabbed dozens of times, beaten and choked.

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