Shauntay Henderson lost a court appeal Tuesday in which she had argued that her lawyer had represented her ineffectively in a murder case.
By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star
During the 2008 trial, that lawyer, Kansas City’s Pat Peters, convinced a Jackson County judge that Henderson, 30, was guilty of no more than voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the shooting death of DeAndre M. Parker outside a convenience store in the 3400 block of Red Bridge Road.
Peters later successfully argued for a sentence of probation on the manslaughter count and three years for armed criminal action. Henderson, who once appeared on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, initially had been charged with second-degree murder, which carried a possible life sentence.
In her appeal to the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals, Henderson argued that Peters should have called another witness to the stand who could have corroborated her claim of self-defense.
Appeals judges cited evidence showing that Peters knew about the witness and his testimony but was aware that the witness hadn’t actually seen the shooting.
Such testimony, the appeals court ruled, would not have have convinced the trial judge that Henderson acted in self-defense.
Henderson is serving an 87-month federal sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Because that conviction violated the terms of her state probation, a judge ordered that Henderson return to a Missouri prison after finishing her federal sentence and serve a 10-year term on the manslaughter case.
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