- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man who gunned down his wife in front of her children.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1DIuSVM) reports that the court rejected 28-year-old Kishen Woods’ mental health claim. He said he shouldn’t have been found competent to stand trial because he has schizophrenia.

Antonia Woods-Cratic died in November 2011. She was in the process of leaving her husband.

Woods argued that the court-ordered competency evaluation was flawed. He also said that the trial judge should have ordered a second competency hearing after personally observing Woods’ erratic behavior in court.

Justice Dan Biles noted that Woods at first personally objected to any consideration of his mental competency and later told the court he believed he was competent to stand trial.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com



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