Man convicted of second-degree murder in 2004 crash

A Sedgwick County jury this week found a man guilty of second-degree murder for causing a crash after a high-speed chase that killed a Haysville woman in November 2004.

Greg Berry, 30, will be sentenced by District Judge Joe Kisner on Sept. 26.

Another jury convicted Berry of first-degree murder in August 2005, but the Kansas Supreme Court overturned the conviction, ruling that the jury should have been allowed to consider less-serious charges.

The Supreme Court said in its ruling that “the evidence is undisputed that Berry fled from the traffic stop and recklessly drove down city streets at an unconscionably high rate of speed. His flight caused an automobile accident that took someone’s life.”

Prosecutors said Berry was running from a sheriff’s deputy when he caused a crash at 47th Street South and Meridian that killed 55-year-old Vicki Brown. They said a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy stopped Berry’s black Cadillac near 47th South and Broadway at about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 25, 2004, because its temporary tag was too dirty to read.

After the deputy asked Berry for his driver’s license, insurance card and 30-day tag permit, prosecutors said, he put the car in gear and sped away before running a four-way stop sign at 47th South and Meridian and causing the crash. Berry ran into a nearby residence after the crash but was arrested after one of the occupants called 911.