Kansas serial killer asks court to throw out death penalty

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A convicted serial killer who left some of his victims’ bodies in barrels is asking a court to throw out his death sentence.

John Robinson Sr. filed the motion Thursday in Johnson County District Court. He alleges his death sentence violated the Kansas and U.S. constitutions.

The Kansas City Star reports Robinson didn’t make specific claims in the motion. He asked the court to appoint a lawyer for him.

Robinson was convicted of killing seven women and a teenage girl in Kansas and Missouri in cases dating back to 1984. The bodies of five women were found in barrels at two separate properties in Kansas and Missouri in 2000.

He was sentenced to death in Kansas and to life in prison in Missouri.


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