Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

Pretrial date set in fatality

Suspect faces trial in accident that killed Lansing woman

June 7, 2007

A pretrial date was set Wednesday morning for a Leavenworth woman who is charged in the death of a Lansing resident during a traffic accident earlier this year.

Julie Heise, 44, appeared for her arraignment in Leavenworth County District Court. She was represented by her defense attorney Gary Fuller. Leavenworth County District Judge Frederick Stewart set a pretrial date of July 27.

Heise was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a car accident that occurred approximately 9:30 p.m. April 21 in Leavenworth.

On that night, Lee Ann Orndorff, 41, Lansing, was driving her Dodge Caravan southbound on Shrine Park Road, near McDonald Road, when Heise's Ford Expedition struck it head-on.

Orndorff was declared dead at the scene.

Heise was taken to Cushing Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Heise's blood alcohol content was recorded at a level of .15. The legal limit in Kansas is .08.

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