More charges filed against Boothe
To beat an Aug. 28 deadline on the statute of limitations, prosecutors in Douglas County have charged a Missouri man who was convicted earlier this year in Leavenworth County District Court of killing his 11-year-old son and who is currently serving a 17-year sentence at the Hutchinson State Correctional Facility.
Prosecutors charged Raymond Boothe with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of battery against a law enforcement officer stemming from Aug. 28, 2002, incidents in Leavenworth and Douglas counties. Boothe stabbed his son, Levi, with needle-nose pliers that night and later drove to Lawrence with his other children before police apprehended him.
Douglas County prosecutor Christine Kenney said prosecutors had to file the charges late last month to be within the two-year statute of limitations the law places on attempted murder charges.
Prosecutors will serve Boothe a disposition of detainer, which will determine when he'll face the Douglas County charges. Boothe has one year to respond to the disposition; if he chooses to face the charges now, prosecutors will start the process of scheduling criminal proceedings. He also has the option of waiting to face the charges until after he's served the sentence from his Leavenworth County conviction.
Prosecutors in Leavenworth County said Boothe stabbed his son with needle-nose pliers and left the boy on the side of Interstate 70 in southern Leavenworth County near Lawrence. He then proceeded to Lawrence where he eventually wrecked his vehicle into a private residence.
Boothe was convicted in Leavenworth County in February. Throughout the case, his attorney, Gary Fuller of Leavenworth, contended his client was not mentally competent to stand trial. Results of a 60-day mental evaluation at the Larned State Hospital disagreed.
Boothe was sentenced to 195 months in prison.