Court upholds Gove Co. murder conviction
Special to The Hays Daily News
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the conviction of a Gove County man for murdering his father.
In a unanimous decision, the court rejected David A. Stevenson’s
contention that a prosecutor erred in using a "Wheel of Fortune" analogy
while questioning jurors about reasonable doubt, although the court
discouraged the use of such illustrations. The court also found no
reversible error in the way the jury was instructed.
Stevenson, 66, was convicted of first-degree murder in
connection with the March 13, 2008, death of his father, Walter, who was
found crushed by a hydraulic truck bed.
The state presented evidence that Walter had been incapacitated by blows to
his head before he was crushed. Prosecutors argued that Stevenson
murdered his father to gain control over the family farm and money in a