Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2003

Missouri man’s trial postponed again

July 17, 2003

A seemingly endless string of postponements continued Wednesday, July 9 in the case against a Missouri man accused of killing his 11-year-old son.

Raymond Boothe, Cameron, Mo., is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 27, 2002 stabbing death of his son, Levi.

According to the charges, Boothe allegedly stabbed his son with needle nose pliers and left the boy on the side of Interstate 70 in southern Leavenworth County, near Lawrence.

The accused was scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in district court, however, that hearing has been delayed until 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8.

For the past few months, Boothe's attorney, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth, has asked the court for continuances so he could introduce an independent psychiatric evaluation of his client.

Results of the independent examination are not yet available, resulting in the continuances, prosecutors said.

Fuller claims Boothe is not mentally competent to stand trial. State authorities deemed Boothe competent after a 60-day evaluation at the Larned State Hospital.

Boothe is currently in Leavenworth County Jail awaiting trial.

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