Court of Appeals affirms Samuel Harris kidnapping, robbery convictions

The Kansas Court of Appeals has upheld a kidnapping and robbery conviction stemming from a Lyon County court case sent back to the district court level early this year.


Samuel L Harris was convicted on kidnapping, robbery and criminal damage charges after allegedly shoving his girlfriend, causing her to hit her head against a well, then threatened to kill her before taking her money by force in May 2013. A criminal restraint conviction was vacated at sentencing.


Harris appealed, citing numerous trial errors related to ineffective counsel -- including not allowing him to testify, not calling certain witnesses, not filing certain motions and potential conflict of interest.


The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to Lyon County District Court to determine whether Harris was denied his rights to effective counsel, including his right to testify. When the case returned to Lyon County, the court found Harris was not entitled to relief. Harris appealed, but the Court of Appeals said there was no reversible error in the district court ruling and upheld the conviction.

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