Appeal No.118,941: State of Kansas vs. Christopher Shawn Pattillo
Archived oral argument
Pattillo drove a van from which a passenger fired shots, killing Brian Miller and hitting a residence occupied by Miller's seven-year-old nephew. A Shawnee County jury convicted Pattillo of felony murder, aggravated assault of Miller, felony discharge of a firearm, and aggravated endangering of a child. Pattillo appealed to the Supreme Court, raising 10 issues about whether the underlying felonies, as a matter of law, support Pattillo's felony-murder conviction and his sentences, whether the State met its burden of proving the underlying felonies and felony murder, and whether the trial judge erred in instructing the jury. The Supreme Court found no reversible errors and affirmed Pattillo's convictions and sentences. It also held sufficient evidence supported Pattillo's underlying felonies. The Supreme Court affirmed the felony murder conviction based on the underlying inherently dangerous felonies of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling and aggravated endangering of a child.