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It is extremely important to contact the Stone Law Office immediately if you are involved or suspected in a homicide (also known as murder). It is possible to protect yourself before you are charged. If the police have charged you with murder, your defense must begin immediately.

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Located in Kansas City, Kansas, the Stone Law Office has represented citizens throughout the Kansas City metro area facing charges or imminent arrest for the death of another person. From intentional, premeditated murder to a fight or assault that turns fatal, Gary D. Stone can capably protect your rights and mount an aggressive defense.

"I want to speak to an attorney!"

Even if you were falsely accused or the death was an accident, it is critical to consult with a qualified criminal defense lawyer before you make any statements to the police. The police and prosecutors can use anything you say against you in court, even if you think you are clearing your name or merely explaining "a big misunderstanding." If the police begin to question you, the only words you should say are, "I want an attorney." Your freedom may depend on exercising this constitutional right.

At the Stone Law Office, you are innocent until proven guilty. Prosecutors and police do not see it that way. Every piece of evidence they collect — DNA, fingerprints, fibers, witness accounts, even your own words — adds a brick to the walls of your prison cell. Mr. Stone's job is to knock holes in that wall by aggressively challenging the prosecution's case, brick by brick, to win your freedom, or minimize your sentence.

Knowledgeable, Aggressive Murder Defense

Gary D. Stone has practiced criminal law since 1995, and formerly served as a Wyandotte County, Kansas, Assistant District Attorney. He has the legal knowledge to analyze forensic evidence and reports, and search for indications that the police violated your rights in the investigation, arrest, or search and seizure.

The consequences of conviction are too severe to rely on inexperienced legal counsel. First-degree murder carries a prison term of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 25 years. The penalty for felony murder (death that occurs during the commission of a violent felony) is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 20 years. Even second-degree reckless homicide (unintentional murder) carries a minimum sentence of approximately 9 years.

Mr. Stone will zealously defend you before a jury, or negotiate with prosecutors for a plea to lesser charges if it is in your best interest. Mr. Stone is committed to personal attention and respect for his clients, and he personally handles every aspect of your case.

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The Kansas Statutes relating to murder and homicide offenses are listed below for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice. Contact the Stone Law Office for a full explanation of these laws.


K.S.A. 21-3401. Murder in the First Degree

Murder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed:

(a) Intentionally and with premeditation; or

(b) in the commission of, attempt to commit, or flight from an inherently dangerous felony as defined in K.S.A. 21-3436 and amendments thereto.

Murder in the first degree is an off-grid person felony.

K.S.A. 21-3402. Murder in the Second Degree.

Murder in the second degree is the killing of a human being committed:

(a) Intentionally; or

(b) unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Murder in the second degree as described in subsection (a) is a severity level 1, person felony.

Murder in the second degree as described in subsection (b) is a severity level 2, person felony.

K.S.A. 21-3403. Voluntary Manslaughter.

Voluntary manslaughter is the intentional killing of a human being committed:

(a) Upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion; or

(b) upon an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force under K.S.A. 21-3211, 21-3212 or 21-3213 and amendments thereto.

Voluntary manslaughter is a severity level 3, person felony.

K.S.A. 21-3404. Involuntary Manslaughter.

Involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of a human being committed:

(a) Recklessly;

(b) in the commission of, or attempt to commit, or flight from any felony, other than an inherently dangerous felony as defined in K.S.A. 21-3436 and amendments thereto, that is enacted for the protection of human life or safety or a misdemeanor that is enacted for the protection of human life or safety, including acts described in K.S.A. 8-1566 and 8-1568 and amendments thereto but excluding the acts described in K.S.A. 8-1567 and amendments thereto; or

(c) during the commission of a lawful act in an unlawful manner.

Involuntary manslaughter is a severity level 5, person felony.

K.S.A. 21-3442. Involuntary Manslaughter While Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

Involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the unintentional killing of a human being committed in the commission of, or attempt to commit, or flight from an act described in K.S.A. 8-1567 and amendments thereto.

Involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a severity level 4, person felony.

K.S.A. 21-3405. Vehicular Homicide.

Vehicular homicide is the unintentional killing of a human being committed by the operation of an automobile, airplane, motor boat or other motor vehicle in a manner which creates an unreasonable risk of injury to the person or property of another and which constitutes a material deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would observe under the same circumstances.

Vehicular homicide is a class A person misdemeanor.

K.S.A. 21-3439. Capital Murder

(a) Capital murder is the:

(1) Intentional and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of kidnapping, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3420 and amendments thereto, or aggravated kidnapping, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3421 and amendments thereto, when the kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping was committed with the intent to hold such person for ransom;

(2) intentional and premeditated killing of any person pursuant to a contract or agreement to kill such person or being a party to the contract or agreement pursuant to which such person is killed;

(3) intentional and premeditated killing of any person by an inmate or prisoner confined in a state correctional institution, community correctional institution or jail or while in the custody of an officer or employee of a state correctional institution, community correctional institution or jail;

(4) intentional and premeditated killing of the victim of one of the following crimes in the commission of, or subsequent to, such crime: Rape, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3502 and amendments thereto, criminal sodomy, as defined in subsections (a)(2) or (a)(3) of K.S.A. 21-3505 and amendments thereto or aggravated criminal sodomy, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3506 and amendments thereto, or any attempt thereof, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3301 and amendments thereto;

(5) intentional and premeditated killing of a law enforcement officer, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3110 and amendments thereto;

(6) intentional and premeditated killing of more than one person as a part of the same act or transaction or in two or more acts or transactions connected together or constituting parts of a common scheme or course of conduct; or

(7) intentional and premeditated killing of a child under the age of 14 in the commission of kidnapping, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3420 and amendments thereto, or aggravated kidnapping, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3421 and amendments thereto, when the kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping was committed with intent to commit a sex offense upon or with the child or with intent that the child commit or submit to a sex offense.

(b) For purposes of this section, "sex offense" means rape, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3502 and amendments thereto, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3504 and amendments thereto, aggravated criminal sodomy, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3506 and amendments thereto, prostitution, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3512 and amendments thereto, promoting prostitution, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3513 and amendments thereto or sexual exploitation of a child, as defined in K.S.A. 21-3516 and amendments thereto.

(c) Capital murder is an off-grid person felony.

(d) This section shall be part of and supplemental to the Kansas criminal code.

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Stone Law Office in Kansas City, Kansas, provides criminal defense to clients in the Kansas City, Kansas, metro area, including Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee, Lansing, Mission, Merriam, and Leavenworth, and represents both Kansas and Missouri residents charged with federal crimes.