Murder hearing continued
A Missouri man accused of killing his son received a continuance in Leavenworth County District Court Friday, May 30, because of a delay in receiving the results of a second mental evaluation.
Raymond Boothe, Cameron, Mo., is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 27, 2002 stabbing death of his 11-year-old 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.
Boothe was scheduled for a pre-trial motions hearing Friday morning in district court, however, the hearing was delayed until Friday, June 6 at the request of Boothe's attorney, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth.
Fuller has claimed his client is not mentally fit to stand trial. He asked for and received permission from the court to allow Boothe to undergo an independent mental examination.
Results of the examination are not yet available and the court granted a continuance.
State authorities deemed Boothe mentally competent after a 60-day evaluation at the Larned State Hospital.
Boothe is currently in Leavenworth County Jail awaiting trial. A date for Boothe's jury trial will be set following the pre-trial motions.