The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 25, 2013

Missouri Supreme Court to take up local murder case issue on April 30

By Wally Kennedy
wkennedy@joplinglobe.com

PINEVILLE, Mo. — A hearing before the Missouri Supreme Court in the appeal of Sheena Eastburn has been reset for Tuesday, April 30, after being removed from the court’s docket eariler this year.

Kent Gipson, attorney for Eastburn, said Eastburn’s hearing and a similar case on appeal from St. Louis will be heard at the same time.

Eastburn, a resident of Stella, was charged in 1992 with first-degree murder in her ex-husband’s death and then in 1995 was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. She was age 17 at the time she was charged.

Gipson said he will argue that Eastburn’s first-degree murder conviction should be vacated and that she should be found guilty of second-degree murder. Such a ruling could open the door for Eastburn, a prisoner at Chillicothe Correctional Center, to be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Eastburn was accused of luring her ex-husband, Tim Eastburn, into the kitchen of his home near Rocky Comfort on Nov. 19, 1992, setting him up to be shot by Terry Banks and Matthew Myers. Myers was sentenced to 67 years in prison on a reduced charge of second-degree murder. Banks was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life without parole.