Kansas court to rule in capital case over sheriff’s death

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to rule again on whether a man convicted of fatally shooting a sheriff during a 2005 drug raid will face execution.

The court said it would issue a decision Friday on Scott Cheever’s appeal. The case has been enmeshed in multiple legal battles over the state’s death penalty law.

Cheever acknowledged shooting Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels as Samuels tried to serve a warrant at a rural home about 75 miles northeast of Wichita. But Cheever’s attorney argued that he was too high on methamphetamine for the crime to be premeditated.

The Kansas court in 2012 ordered a new trial for Cheever over a dispute about a mental health expert’s testimony during his trial. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed that decision in 2013.