Archive for Thursday, November 20, 2003

Judge rules confession admissible

November 20, 2003

A Missouri man's reported confession to police will be admissible when he stands trial for killing his son next year.

Raymond Boothe, Cameron, Mo., is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 27, 2002 stabbing death of his 11-year-old son, Levi.

Boothe allegedly stabbed the boy with needle nose pliers and left him on the side of Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County.

During a hearing Wednesday, Nov. 12, district court Judge Frederick Stewart denied a motion to suppress statements Boothe made to authorities following his arrest. In the statement, Boothe admitted he killed his son, prosecutors said.

Boothe's jury trial was scheduled to begin Dec. 15, but the trial has been pushed back to Jan. 26. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m.

Boothe's attorney, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth, contends his client is not mentally fit to stand trial, a claim the state disputes.

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