Kansas serial killer case goes before Kansas Supreme Court

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TOPEKA, Kan. — John Robinson, a serial killer who targeted women in Kansas and Missouri and was convicted in the murders of six women between the mid-1980s until his arrest in 2000, is appealing his death penalty conviction. His case is scheduled to be heard before the Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 24.

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Robinson was ultimately charged and convicted of one count of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of capital murder, which included the murders of all six women; one count theft, one count first-degree premeditated murder and one count of aggravated interference with parental custody.

During their investigation, detectives searched Robinson’s property in Linn County, Kan., and found two barrels containing the remains of missing women. Prosecutors said Robinson engaged in sado-masochistic sex and then killed the women. Officers found the bodies of Suzette Trouten and Isabella Lewicka in June 2000.  Robinson also faced charges in Cass County, Mo., where police found the bodies of Beverly Bonner, Sheila and Debbie Faith stuffed in barrels in a Raytown storage facility.

After his conviction in Kansas, proseuctors in Missouri agreed to a plea in which Robinson acknowledged that the prosecutor had enough evidence to convict him of capital murder for the deaths of Paula Godfrey and Catherine Clampitt, Beverly Bonner and Sheila Faith and her 15-year-old daughter Debbie.

In his appeal, Robinson challenges the trial court’s denial of his motion to change venue. He also challenges the court’s denial for a continuance, the court’s denial to suppress evidence. He challenges if the evidence is sufficient to support his convictions, and the denial of Robinson’s motion for mistrial based on alleged juror misconduct during the penalty phase. Other appeals are for court decisions during both the guilt-phase and the penalty-phase.

Robinson was sentenced to death in the capital murder convictions, along with sentences for the other convictions, including:

  • Life imprisonment for the first-degree murder conviction
  • 246 months in prison for the aggravated kidnapping conviction
  • Seven months  in prison for the felony theft conviction
  • He was also ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution.

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