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Man To Stand Trial For Murder

KSCB News - June 12, 2012 8:16 am

A Kansas appeals court has ruled that a

Garden City man can be tried for first-degree murder in a 2011

stabbing death.

The suspect, 32-year-old Fred Schmidt Jr., is a suspect in the

March 2011 death of 25-year-old Jeffrey Nichols.

Prosecutors have said Nichols died from 45 separate stab wounds

after allegedly fighting with Schmidt.

A Finney County judge previously ruled that there was not enough

evidence to bind Schmidt over on a first-degree murder charge, but

said he could be tried on second-degree murder.

But the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Schmidt can be

tried for first-degree murder.

Schmidt has claimed he stabbed Nichols in self-defense after

Nichols attacked him.

 

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