Archive for Thursday, May 22, 2003

Not guilty’ plea in death of 11-year-old son

May 22, 2003

A Missouri man accused of killing his 11-year-old son pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Leavenworth County District Court.

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

Boothe appeared in court for an arraignment hearing Friday, May 16. Boothe's attorney, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth, entered a not guilty plea for his client.

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.

A pre-trial motion in the case has been scheduled for 11 a.m. May 30 in district court.

Fuller has claimed his client is not mentally fit to stand trial. However, state authorities deemed Boothe mentally competent after a 60-day evaluation at the Larned State Hospital.

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