2019 News Releases

New Strawn woman found guilty of second degree murder in husband’s death from neglect

Release Date: Apr 25, 2019

BURLINGTON – (April 25, 2019) – A Coffey County jury today found Carol Sue Burris, 69, of New Strawn, guilty of one count of reckless second degree murder and one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

The charges stemmed from the mistreatment and death of her husband, Michael D. Burris, in New Strawn from April 2016 to October 2017.

Judge Taylor J. Wine presided over the trial, which began April 22. Sentencing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on June 27 in Coffey County District Court.

Deputy Attorney General Steve Karrer of Schmidt’s office and Coffey County Attorney Wade H. Bowie II are prosecuting the case. The case was investigated by the Coffey County Sheriff’s Department.

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