Archive for Thursday, June 26, 2008

Convicted killer in Robin Bell case to be sentenced

June 26, 2008

The sentencing hearing for the first of three suspects charged in the November 2005 murder of Tonganoxie resident Robin Bell is scheduled for Friday, June 27.

The hearing for Robert Haberlein, 20, Kansas City, Kan., who last month was found guilty by a jury of first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, is set for 9 a.m., June 27, in Division 4 of the Wyandotte County Courthouse.

One of the other two suspects, John Backus, 21, Bonner Springs, is scheduled for a pre-trial conference July 18. Backus' trial had been set to start May 5, but the duration of Haberlein's trial required setting the date back, and then Backus assigned a new attorney.

The third suspect, Amber Russell, 17, Lenexa, who was 15 at the time of the slaying, has a deal with the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office that she will be tried as a minor in exchange for her truthful testimony in the trials of Haberlein and Backus.

No trial date has been set for Russell.

Another suspect in a local homicide, Edwardsville resident Perry Parks, 61, is scheduled for the preliminary docket July 1 at the Wyandotte County Courthouse. Parks was arrested May 8 and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in connection with the May 7, shooting death of Everett Suits on the 3700 block of Booth in Kansas City, Kan.

Parks is in the Wyandotte County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

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