A Kansas City man serving a life sentence for second-degree murder should receive a new trial, a Missouri appeals court ruled Tuesday.
A jury convicted Christopher M. Sanders, 38, of second-degree murder in the November 2011 death of Sherilyn Hill two years earlier at the Royale Inn, 600 Paseo. A prosecutor argued that Sanders savagely beat and strangled Hill during a confused night of drinking, crack smoking and fighting.
Authorities recovered Hill’s body in December 2011, about two weeks after her death, wrapped in a sheet and tucked into the bottom of a motel stairwell.
In its ruling, a three-judge panel of the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals found that jurors should have been allowed to consider whether Sanders was guilty of the lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter.
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