Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2003

Murder trial to begin Dec. 1

September 4, 2003

The jury trial of a Missouri man accused of killing his 11-year-old son will begin Dec. 1 in Leavenworth County District Court. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m.

Raymond Boothe, Cameron, Mo., is charged with first-degree murder in the 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.

Last Wednesday, Aug. 27, marked the one-year anniversary of the murder.

For the past few months, Boothe's attorney, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth, asked the court for continuances so he could introduce an independent psychiatric evaluation of his client. Fuller claims his client is not mentally competent to stand trial.

Numerous hearings and a trial date were delayed so the report could be obtained and submitted to the court. During a hearing last week, Judge Frederick Stewart moved forward with the case, scheduling the trial date.

If the psychiatric evaluation is ever obtained, it can be submitted to the court and a hearing on Boothe's competency will be scheduled, prosecutors said.

Although his attorney disagrees, state authorities deemed Boothe competent for trial after a 60-day evaluation at the Larned State Hospital.

Boothe is currently in Leavenworth County Jail awaiting trial.

Leavenworth County District Attorney Frank Kohl will prosecute the case.

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