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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Judge upholds woman's conviction in highway deaths

  • A Douglas County judge has upheld the conviction and sentence of a Washington woman who killed two highway workers while driving south of Lawrence in 2007.
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  • A Douglas County judge has upheld the conviction and sentence of a Washington woman who killed two highway workers while driving south of Lawrence in 2007.
    The Lawrence Journal-World reports District Judge Paula Martin ruled earlier this month that Ramona Morgan's court-appointed attorney committed some errors, but nothing bad enough to affect the jury's decision.
    Morgan had argued she received ineffective counsel and that her 26-year sentence was excessive.
    Witnesses testified at Morgan's 2008 trial that she drove around a pilot car twice in a U.S. 59 work zone on Sept. 11, 2007, and the second time struck and killed two workers.
    Law enforcement officers had to puncture her pickup truck's tires after a chase to get her to stop. Her earliest possible parole date is 2030.
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