Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2005

LVCO deputy on trial in death of firefighter

September 15, 2005

The trial of Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy Robert J. Peterman moved into its second day Wednesday.

Peterman is charged in district court with vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor. The state opened its case Tuesday morning.

Prosecutor Frank Kohl alleges the deputy "unintentionally killed" Jared Moore, a 19-year-old Fairmount Township Fire Department volunteer firefighter, Dec. 29, 2004.

The deputy "operated a vehicle in a manner which created an unreasonable risk of injury to the person or property of another," according to the complaint.

Both Peterman and Moore were traveling to the scene of an injury accident when their vehicles collided at the intersection of 155th Street and Donahoo Road, north of Basehor.

Peterman's attorney, Kiann McBratney, maintains that her client was doing his duty by trying to help an injured person and that the deputy acted responsibly on the night Moore was killed.

Charged with sorting through the case is a jury composed of four men and two women, all of whom were selected Tuesday .

Testimony resumed Wednesday. Judge Martin Asher indicated the jury would begin deliberations by the afternoon.

A verdict had not been reached as of press time Wednesday.

The Peterman-Moore accident occurred when Moore attempted to make a left hand turn onto Donahoo Road from 155th Street. His civilian vehicle was struck by Peterman's police cruiser, which was attempting to pass Moore through the intersection.

Two officers from the sheriff's office, Andy Dedeke and Edward Cummings, testified that officers are trained not to exceed 10 miles over the speed limit during emergency responses. The speed limit near the accident site is 50 mph.

A trooper with the highway patrol later testified that Peterman's speed topped 90 mph at impact.

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