Continuance granted in deputy’s vehicular homicide case
Because of a scheduling conflict, a pre-trial hearing in the case against a local law enforcement officer was continued Thursday afternoon in Leavenworth County District Court.
Robert L. Peterman, a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department deputy, is charged in district court with vehicular homicide. The charges stem from Peterman's alleged role in the Dec. 29, 2004 death of Jared Moore, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Fairmount Township Fire Department.
A spokesperson for the Leavenworth County District Attorney's Office said the Thursday hearing was delayed because Peterman's attorney, Kiann McBratney of Kansas City, Kan., could not attend. McBratney was scheduled to be in court in a different county at the time of the Leavenworth County hearing, the spokesperson said.
A new date has not yet been scheduled.
On Thursday, attorneys in the case, McBratney and Leavenworth County prosecutor Frank Kohl, were to file motions and determine whether a jury trial would be necessary in the case. A trial date also would have been scheduled.
On Dec. 29, 2004, Peterman's police cruiser collided with Moore's civilian vehicle at the intersection of 155th Street and Donahoo Road. Both public servants were on their way to the scene of an injury accident.
Moore died as result of injures sustained in the crash. After reviewing a Kansas Highway Patrol investigation report (see related story), the district attorney's office filed charges against Peterman.