US Supreme Court's death penalty reviews lead Kansas court to delay case from sheriff's death

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TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas' highest court has halted its review of the capital murder case stemming from a sheriff's death because the U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing other death penalty cases from the state.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an order this week stopping proceedings in the case of Scott Cheever. He was sentenced to die for the 2005 shooting of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels during a drug raid.

The Kansas court said both sides agreed the delay is appropriate because U.S. Supreme Court decisions in other cases could apply to Cheever's case.

The nation's highest court has agreed to review Kansas Supreme Court rulings last year that overturned death sentences for three men. They included brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr, who faced lethal injection over four killings in Wichita in 2000.

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