Retrial for Topeka man accused of murder

Stephen Macomber

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Topeka man sentenced to more than 55 years in prison for killing a man is getting a new trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1xU1TkO) reports that 47-year-old Stephen Alan Macomber will be retried for the 2010 killing of Ryan Lofton. Lofton was shot during a dispute on a Topeka driveway.

The Kansas Court of Appeals reversed Macomber’s earlier conviction, ruling the trial court incorrectly allowed evidence about his prior convictions. The new trial starts March 9.

As he did the first time, Macomber will represent himself. A Topeka attorney will be his standby attorney.

Authorities have said that after Macomber shot Lofton, he shot and wounded a Marshall County deputy during a traffic stop in Blue Rapids, then held an elderly woman hostage during a police standoff.

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