July 2, 2022

Supreme Courtroom upholds 2018 murder, rape convictions of Valley Middle gentleman

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The Kansas Supreme Courtroom upheld Sedgwick County’s initial-diploma murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and rape convictions of Jeff Hillard of Valley Center. Hillard, together with his wife Heidi Hillard, was convicted in 2018 of a criminal offense that transpired in 2016.

The few kidnapped Scottie Goodpaster about an alleged $185 debt owed for methamphetamine. The 33-calendar year-aged Goodpaster was attacked with an ax, knife and staple gun. Jumper cables have been hooked up to his genitals. His physique was found hanging from a tree in Harvey County. Jeff Hillard was also convicted for the rape of Goodpaster’s girlfriend. He was sentenced to daily life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 several years.

On enchantment, Hillard argued that the district court erred by declining to suppress proof attained from his mobile mobile phone and his dwelling surveillance procedure, by admitting transcripts of audio recordings taken from his cell telephone, as well as an increased variation of just one of people recordings, and by incorrectly instructing the jury on the factors of his billed offenses and the good venue for his demo. Hillard also argued there was insufficient proof to assist any of his convictions.

In a unanimous decision composed by Justice K.J. Wall, the Court dominated there was inadequate proof to assistance Hillard’s conviction for conspiracy to distribute a controlled material. The Court reversed that conviction and vacated the accompanying sentence. The Court rejected Hillard’s other claims of mistake and affirmed his remaining convictions and sentence for 1st-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, and rape.

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