TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A Topeka attorney’s killer will not get a new trial after the Kansas Supreme Court upheld his first degree murder conviction. Jimmy Netherland is one of nine original defendents charged with the murder of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson.
They were also charged with wounding Lori Allison as she and Gibson returned to their home in July 2011. Netherland’s attorneys argued that the state had failed to present DNA evidence, the murder weapon or fingerprints. However, the high court found the testimony of four accomplices was sufficient evidence for his conviction. The justices found he was an armed and willing participant.