Erin LeeAnn (Wade) Jones
(March 2, 1976 - May 5, 2007)
TAHAH TRIAL DELAYED
Dodge City Daily Globe
Jan 17, 2012
DODGE CITY - The second trial for a former Dodge City policeman charged with killing his girlfriend has been postponed until this summer. Christopher Tahah's trial was originally slated for this week, but it has been delayed until July 31, Ford County Attorney Terry Malone said Tuesday. A pretrial conference is set for March 28. Malone said Tahah has a new attorney, who needs more time to prepare for the trial. Tahah was convicted in 2008 of shooting and killing his former girlfriend, Erin Jones, the year before. But the Kansas Supreme Court reversed Tahah's conviction in October 2011 and ordered a new trial. The ruling added instructions that would allow the jury to consider lesser included offenses of second-degree reckless murder or involuntary manslaughter, based on Tahah's testimony that his rifle accidentally went off while he was pointing it at Jones from her back yard.
- [KS] Goodbye Erin - 31-year-old mother of two, beloved by many, Erin LeeAnn Wade Jones was murdered earlier this month...
- [KS] Slain Erin's deputy ex-boyfriend facing 1st degree murder - "I was telling myself this was no good. As I was lowering the gun, a round went off," Tahah said. Tahah also told Kendrick that he was upset with Jones because she did not give him a good reason for breaking up with him...
- [KS] Today fired Officer Tahah was convicted of murdering his ex, Erin - ... He said he drove out to the scenic overlook near the Dodge City Regional Airport to watch a lightning storm, fell asleep and didn't wake up until about 3:35 a.m. After waking, Tahah said he drove by Jones' house again and saw that her friend had left, so he went back to his apartment. The next day, he learned that Jones was dead. "How did you react?" said Tahah's attorney, Peter Orsi. "I was shocked," Tahah replied. "I broke down and started crying"...
- [KS] Police Officer Tahah killed his ex-girlfriend Erin Jones - and now gets a new trial offering him lesser charges - ...The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the jury should have been told to consider lesser offenses including second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter...
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