State v. SimsAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed defendant’s convictions for premeditated first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm, holding that Defendant was not prejudiced or deprived of a fair trial.
Specifically, the Court held (1) while the state’s witnesses violated the district court’s order in limine, the district court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Defendant’s motion for mistrial on those grounds; (2) the sequential ordering of the jury instructions for the degrees of homicide was legally correct; (3) the failure to give a Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-455 limiting instruction on the evidence in Sims' stipulation to a prior felony conviction was erroneous, but it was not clearly erroneous; and (4) the totality of the circumstances did not prejudice Defendant or deprive him of a fair trial.