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Colorado fugitive’s medical bills lead to Kansas case

Associated Press - May 15, 2016 3:48 pm

A Kansas appellate court says a man convicted of assault and weapons charges deserves a new trial because his trial judge fell asleep during testimony.

The fight over a Colorado fugitive’s medical bills is headed for a trial in Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://j.mp/23QYu1p) reports that the latest development happened Friday. That’s when the Kansas Court of Appeal found that it was wrong to rule without a trial that Kansas’ Shawnee County, not Topeka, is responsible for $40,000 in medical bills for Jesse Dimmick.

Dimmick was fleeing from police in a stolen minivan in 2009 when Kansas officers used stop sticks to deflate the tires. He then forced his way into a nearby home, where a couple befriended him. They escaped when he fell asleep.

Dimmick was shot and wounded during his arrest.

Dimmick has been convicted in Kansas of kidnapping and in Colorado of a deadly stabbing that led up to the chase.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com.