Girlfriend of Kansas Man who Shot Two Lawmen Enters Plea
LYONS, Kan. (AP) — The girlfriend of a Kansas man who fatally shot his father and wounded two Kansas law enforcement officers before killing himself has pleaded no contest to aggravated child endangerment. The Wichita Eagle reports that 27-year-old Erin Baker also pleaded no contest Friday to obstruction of law enforcement. A charge of interference with law enforcement was dropped. She's expected to receive probation when she's sentenced December 18th. Investigators say Baker put her 7-year-old in danger by continuing a relationship with David Madden, despite knowing he was a convicted felon with a gun. Police say the child was present in April when Madden wounded a Rice County undersheriff. Baker previously told KWCH-TV that she and her son got away after dropping Madden off at his father's home, where the other shootings happened.
Conviction of Retired Kansas Trooper Thrown Out
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a retired Kansas Highway Patrol trooper's conviction and probation sentence related to a charge that he lied to the FBI during an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Tuesday granted 54-year-old Michael Frederiksen's request to vacate his conviction. Frederiksen had argued his attorney was ineffective. The judge agreed, writing that Frederiksen's trial attorney was inexperienced, unfamiliar with court rules regarding evidence and, while he was licensed to practice in New Mexico, he was not licensed in Kansas. Frederiksen, of Derby, was convicted in May of lying to FBI investigators about participating in an illegal cash poker game while he was still a trooper. Prosecutors at his trial said video showed he had participated.
Late Field Goal Leads KU to Victory over Texas Tech
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Game on the line and two seconds on the clock, Kansas kicker Liam Jones prepared for a gifted second-chance opportunity. "From a mental standpoint, that last kick had to be my first kick of the game," Jones said. Moments before, Douglas Coleman fumbled on a blocked field goal return, and Jones capitalized with a 32-yard field goal to give Kansas a 37-34 win over Texas Tech on Saturday night. Nick McCann blocked Jones' 40-yard attempt and the ball landed in the hands of Coleman, who ran to his left before attempting a lateral that did not touch another Tech player. Kansas regained possession and Jones sealed their first Big 12 win of the season. "We played our hearts out," Kansas coach Les Miles said. "Early til late. Down to the wire. Final drive. They won a game." The Jayhawks will return to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium to host Kansas State in the 117th Sunflower Showdown next Saturday.
K-State Wildcats Stun Fifth-Ranked Oklahoma, 48-41
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — There was never a moment of uncertainty on Kansas State's sideline when fifth-ranked Oklahoma raced to an early lead, or when the wounded Sooners began to mount a frantic fourth-quarter comeback. There might have been just a bit when they recovered an onside kick. "It was a little anxious," Wildcats defensive end Wyatt Hubert said. Anxiousness that soon gave way to elation.Officials reviewed the recovery with 1:45 left in the game and determined the ball hit an Oklahoma player a yard early, giving it to the Wildcats. They ran out the rest of the clock to finish off a 48-41 victory that dealt the Sooners' national title hopes a major blow. Skylar Thompson had 213 yards passing while running for four touchdowns, and James Gilbert added 105 yards rushing and a score.