Kansas Supreme Court Decisions, September 29, 2023

29 Sep 2023 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Appeal No. 124,972: State of Kansas v. Richard Allen Goens

Appeal No. 124,972 archived oral argument

The Supreme Court affirms Goens’ convictions of felony murder and other crimes after a "drug deal gone wrong" resulted in a shooting death. At trial, the prosecution's evidence relied largely on accomplice and witness testimony. Justice Caleb Stegall, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, held the Riley County District Court did not err when it did not give an accomplice testimony credibility instruction in addition to the general credibility instruction. Additionally, even though the district court did not provide a lengthy explanation for its decision, it did not abuse its discretion by ordering Goens to serve his sentences consecutively.

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