The Kansas Supreme Court today upheld the Wyandotte County District Court’s denial of a motion from Christopher M. Trotter, who was convicted in a capital murder case.
According to court documents, Trotter was convicted of premeditated first-degree murder, capital murder, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
The charges stemmed from the 2001 murders of Traylennea Huff and James Darnell Wallace, who were shot and killed during an aggravated robbery. According to court documents, Trotter and others had planned the robbery in the hopes of stealing cash they believed to be in Huff’s and Wallace’s home.
It was the third appeal for Trotter, according to the court.
In this appeal, Trotter challenged the district court’s denial of his pro se motion to correct an illegal sentence in which he requested that his capital murder conviction be reversed because the complaint did not list the names of the individuals whose deaths served as the basis for the capital murder charge. The Kansas Supreme Court rejected Trotter’s motion, and upheld the Wyandotte County District Court’s action.