Judge sets aside challenges to Kansas death penalty

GREAT BEND, Kan. | A Barton County judge has denied challenges to the Kansas death penalty law raised by a man accused of killing a Great Bend teenager.

District Judge Hannelore Kitts today set aside motions filed by attorneys for Adam Joseph Longoria that contended the death penalty was unconstitutional.

The Great Bend man is charged with capital murder and criminal sodomy in the August killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt.

Kitts said she was relying on decisions by the Kansas Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court that already addressed the issues raised by the defense.

Both sides relied on written motions and no oral arguments were made during the 15-minute hearing.

The judge also ordered Longoria to submit a DNA sample for the KBI database.



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