Appeal No. 117,131: State of Kansas v. Cecil Meggerson
Archived oral argument video
On direct appeal, the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Meggerson's several criminal convictions in Wyandotte County District Court, including the attempted capital murder of Deputy Scott Wood. In an opinion written by Justice Caleb Stegall, the court held the State presented sufficient evidence to convict Meggerson of attempted capital murder and Meggerson waived his other sufficiency claims because he failed to argue them. Additionally, the Supreme Court waived Meggerson's claim a search warrant was defective because Meggerson failed to provide necessary documents. Moreover, the Supreme Court held the district court properly admitted Meggerson's jail phone calls because the State laid sufficient foundation for the calls. Next, the Supreme Court held the district court properly admitted K.S.A. 2019 Supp. 60-455 prior crimes evidence about other robberies because the evidence went to identity, raising a reasonable inference Meggerson committed those robberies and the prior crimes evidence was not unduly prejudicial and admissible. Further, the Supreme Court held the district court did not abuse its discretion when it admitted two timelines as evidence because the timelines focused on different evidence and were not cumulative. Finding no trial errors, the cumulative error doctrine did not apply.