Deputy’s jury trial postponed
A jury trial for a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy charged with causing the death of a local firefighter has been continued, prosecutors said.
Robert J. Peterman is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide, stemming from his alleged role in the traffic death of Jared Moore, a 19-year-old Fairmount Township firefighter.
Peterman was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, July 21. However, that hearing was cancelled at the request of Peterman's attorney, Kiann McBratney.
She appeared in court earlier this month, on July 7, asking that Judge Martin Asher grant her a continuance in the case so she could prepare expert testimony for the defense. Asher granted the defense's motion.
The jury trial, which originally was scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3, has been moved back to Sept 13. A pre-trial hearing has been set for 2 p.m. Aug. 18.
On Dec. 29 2004, Peterman's patrol car collided with Moore's civilian vehicle at 155th Street and Donahoo Road. Both men were on their way to the scene of an injury accident.
Moore died from 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 from the sheriff's department.