Appeal No. 123,302: State of Kansas v. Brandon T. Evans
Appeal No. 123,302 archived oral argument
Following Evans’ convictions for first-degree murder, aggravated battery, and criminal possession of a weapon, the Sedgwick County District Court denied Evans’ posttrial motion alleging his trial counsel was ineffective. On direct appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Evans’ motion. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Melissa Taylor Standridge, the Court rejected Evans’ claims that trial counsel was ineffective by coercing Evans and his witnesses to change their testimony and by disregarding a firearm expert’s testimony regarding the functionality of the victim’s gun.