Kansas Supreme Court orders new trial in robbery of Lawrence store

LAWRENCE | The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of robbing a Lawrence convenience store.

The high court on Friday also ordered a new attorney for Charles Smith, who was charged with robbing the store in 2006.

The Lawrence Journal World reported Smith asked for a new lawyer before the trial because his lawyer said videotape footage of the robbery showed Smith at the robbery and he couldn’t present fraudulent evidence to the contrary. The judge refused to appoint a new lawyer.

The Supreme Court said the lawyer had crossed the line into the jury’s domain when determining his client was guilty based on the video, and that Smith was entitled to a new trial and a new lawyer.