Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2005

Deputy’s trial slated to start Tuesday

September 8, 2005

A trial is scheduled next week for a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department deputy accused of causing the death of a local firefighter and Basehor resident.

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, Sept. 1, with his attorney, Kiann McBratney.

The hearing was scheduled after McBratney filed a motion to suppress video and audio recordings of an interview her client gave to investigators from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Debra Owen, a spokesperson for the prosecution, said arguments regarding the motion to suppress were not necessary because the highway patrol investigators had no recordings of their interview with Peterman.

"There are no tapes," Owen said.

The trial is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13, and Wednesday, Sept. 14. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and opening arguments are expected to begin by 1 p.m.

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 as result of injuries sustained in the crash.

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