The Kansas Supreme Court released the following published decision today:
Appeal No. 112,782: State of Kansas v. Shawn Malik BrownKansas Court of Appeals decisions released today
In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Caleb Stegall, the court affirmed Shawn Malik Brown's convictions for two related felony murders that were consolidated for trial in Sedgwick County. In late 2012. Brown shot and killed Adji Ibraham-Tampone and stole his Cadillac and cell phone. A few days later, Brown drove his accomplices to and from the shooting death and attempted robbery of Shawn Rhone. On appeal, Brown challenged the denial of his motion to suppress, claiming he was misinformed about his Miranda right to counsel when a detective said a lawyer would be appointed for Brown if he was charged with a crime. The court disagreed, holding the Miranda warnings in their totality reasonably conveyed Brown's right to counsel. The court also rejected Brown's challenges to the jury instructions and the sufficiency of the evidence.