Sidney John Gleason – black, age 25
Sentenced to death in Barton County, Kansas
By: A judge, after a recommendation of death by a jury
Date of crime: Feb. 21, 2004
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Gleason was convicted of killing Miki Martinez and her boyfriend Darren Wornkey because he feared Martinez would tell police about a previous crime. The couple’s five year old daughter witnessed her father’s murder. Martinez had witnessed Gleason stab and rob a 76-year-old man a few days prior to her murder. Gleason’s cousin confessed to the killing of Martinez, but took a plea for a life sentence.
Prosecutor(s): Steve Maxwell, Kevin Graham, Doug Matthews Defense lawyer(s): unknown
Sources: Wichita Eagle 8/29/06