Topeka man gets retrial in shooting death of Wichita man

September 28, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee County district judge says a Topeka man convicted of second-degree murder should get a new trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 27-year-old William Spangler was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Faustino Martinez II, of Wichita.

Spangler, who was sentenced to 15.5 years in jail, filed a petition in October 2015 that questioned the effectiveness of his attorneys.

Spangler was robbed and beaten a few weeks before Martinez was shot.

District Judge Mark Braun ruled Tuesday that Spangler’s defense attorney did not consider how Spangler’s beating might have affected his mental health.

Spangler said if he hadn’t been robbed or beaten, he wouldn’t have bought any weapons or reacted aggressively to being threatened in his apartment.

A new trial date hasn’t been set.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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