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Kansas court rejects woman's appeal in ex-boyfriend's murder


August 6, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld the convictions of a northeast Kansas woman serving a "Hard 50" prison sentence for shooting the father of her child six times and setting his body on fire in his mother's home.

The court unanimously rejected arguments from Tria Evans' attorney that a Douglas County judge shouldn't have allowed testimony that 34-year-old victim Joel Wales told others he feared Evans would kill him. Secondhand testimony generally is barred in trials, but Justice Eric Rosen noted in the court's opinion that state law makes an exception when a witn...

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