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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Court TV on KC lawyer killing

Richard_armitage_kc_lawyerRichard_buchli_kansas_city_lawyerBy Greg Reeves
Famous forensic expert Henry Lee testified. The defendant said he got blood-spattered trying to save his law partner, not trying to kill him.
On Wednesday next week at 9 p.m., Court TV will feature the 2000 murder of Kansas City lawyer Richard Armitage (left), who was beaten to death in a fit of rage by his estranged law partner, Richard Buchli (right), in his law office. Star story today
Here, for crime junkies out there or anyone else interested in any aspect of this case - or how the media (spelled Star) covered it, are most of the stories the newspaper printed about it.
How does the Court TV story compare to the original coverage? What other homicides should get three dozen stories each? All? None? Some?
(These are simple text files and can be downloaded by clicking on them.)

05/08/2000 - First Star story (Metro digest)
05/09/2000 - Police have few clues
05/09/2000 - Obituary of Richard Armitage
05/10/2000 - Attack still a mystery
05/25/2000 - Law partner charged
05/25/2000 - Widow mourns loss of soul mate
05/26/2000 - Police inspect lawyer's belongings
05/31/2000 - Attorney pleads not guilty
03/30/2001 - Dismissal sought
03/31/2001 - Judge considers
04/04/2001 - Judge approves dismissal
01/25/2002 - Lawyer charged again
02/13/2002 - Motion to dismiss
05/14/2002 - Motion accuses prosecutor
05/16/2002 - Prosecutors deny withholding evidence
05/30/2002 - Case update
07/14/2002 - Case hinges on blood
07/16/2002 - Jury selection begins
07/17/2002 - Jury seated
07/18/2002 - Financial motive alleged
07/19/2002 - Widow testifies
07/20/2002 - Evidence said to implicate
07/23/2002 - Expert: Evidence shows guilt
07/24/2002 - Police testify
07/25/2002 - Prosecution rests
07/26/2002 - Defense: Blood proves innocence
07/27/2002 - Defense plays trump: OJ witness
07/28/2002 - Blood-spatter expert knows fame
07/30/2002 - Buchli: I tried to save, not kill
07/31/2002 - Final arguments; case to jury
07/31/2002 - Jury finds lawyer guilty
08/01/2002 - Juror: Facts piled up
08/09/2002 - Judge denies bond
09/20/2002 - Lawyer gets life
10/05/2004 - Appeal rejected
05/31/2005 - Lawyer claims bankruptcy

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