Archive for Thursday, August 25, 2005

Attorney wants to exclude statements

August 25, 2005

The attorney defending a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy accused of causing the death of a local firefighter is seeking to suppress statements her client allegedly made to investigators.

Robert J. Peterman is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor. The charge stems from his alleged role in the traffic death of Jared Moore, a 19-year-old Fairmount Township Fire Department firefighter. Peterman appeared in court Thursday, Aug. 18.

On Dec. 29, 2004, Peterman's patrol car collided with Moore's civilian vehicle at the intersection of 155th Street and Donahoo Road. Both men were responding to an injury accident.

Moore died as result of injuries sustained in the crash. After reviewing a Kansas Highway Patrol investigation report into the accident, county attorney Frank Kohl filed charges against Peterman, who remains on unpaid, administrative leave.

At Thursday's hearing, Peterman's attorney, Kiann McBrateny filed a motion to suppress statements Peterman allegedly gave to Kansas Highway Patrol troopers. Judge Martin Asher scheduled a hearing for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, for attorneys to argue the motion.

Peterman's trial is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14.

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