2012 News Releases

AG Schmidt appeals overturning of death penalty case to the U.S. Supreme Court

Release Date: Nov 15, 2012

TOPEKA – (November 15, 2012) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has formally appealed the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision that overturned the conviction and death sentence imposed in connection with the murder of a Kansas sheriff.

In 2007, a Greenwood County jury found Scott Cheever guilty of the 2005 capital murder of Sheriff Matt Samuels and recommended the death penalty be imposed. In August, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction, citing constitutional violations, and ordered a new trial in the case. Schmidt announced in September his intention to appeal the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision, and yesterday he formally asked the United States Supreme Court to consider the matter.

The petition asking for U.S. Supreme Court review can be viewed at www.ag.ks.gov/docs/documents/kansas-v-cheever-cert-petition.pdf.

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