Sheriff's killer loses appeal to Supreme Court

Scott Cheever was convicted in 2005

TOPEKA, Kan - For the second time, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of a man convicted in the 2005 murder of the Greenwood County sheriff. 

The decision leaves the capital murder conviction and death sentence in place for Scott Cheever.  The case will be returned to Kansas courts for further proceedings under state death penalty laws. 

Cheever was convicted in the murder of Greenwood County Matt Samuels during a drug raid.  The Kansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 2012, ordering a new trial.  The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the state court ruling, and the Kansas Supreme Court then upheld Cheever's conviction in 2016.   

The office of Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt said this is the fourth death penalty case to exhaust direct appeals since the state legislature reinstated the death penalty in 1994.   Cheever is one of ten people under a death sentence in Kansas.   

Other death penalty cases that are at various stages of appeal include brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr, convicted of killing five people in a crime spree in 2000.  


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