LEAVENWORTH – A rural Leavenworth man will stand trial for first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in 2013.
A Leavenworth County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that there was enough evidence to try 49-year-old Jeffery Sifford for the death of 58-year-old Richard Luse, of rural Easton. After the ruling, Sifford pleaded not guilty.
Luse was found wounded in December 2013 in a travel trailer at a Sifford’s home. Luse later died at a hospital.
The Leavenworth Times reports Sifford was originally charged with second-degree murder but the charge was amended in October.
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Sifford’s attorney, John Bryant, argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the first-degree murder charge.
At the defense’s request, the judge also ordered Sifford to undergo a mental evaluation before the trial.