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AG to appeal ruling in case over sheriff's death

Published on -9/18/2012, 7:32 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he'll appeal a state Supreme Court ruling ordering a new trial for a man sentenced to die for the 2005 killing of a sheriff.

Scott Cheever was convicted of capital murder in the shooting death of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels. The sheriff was killed while serving a warrant at a southeastern Kansas home where authorities say meth was being made.

The Kansas court ruled last month that Cheever's rights were violated during his trial when a psychiatrist disclosed his psychological records without his consent.

Schmidt said Monday he has taken a preliminary step toward asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Kansas court's ruling in the case. Schmidt said he's asked the Kansas Supreme Court to put its ruling on hold.

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