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Greenleaf Native Richard Showalter Found Guilty Of Murder In Shawnee County

Following a 7-day trial in Shawnee County, Greenleaf native Richard Showalter was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, premedicated; two counts of first-degree murder, committed during an inherently dangerous felony; conspiracy to commit first-degree murder; and aggravated burglary. Sentencing for Showalter is scheduled for October 8th in Shawnee County.

The trial is in connection with a July 23, 2018 incident in Topeka. Law enforcement were called and found two victims in the home at 3541 SE Girard Street, Lisa Sportsman, age 28, and a 17-year-old relative.

Two other men who were involved in the incident were previously convicted and sentenced, with Bradley Sportsman receiving a 551-month sentence and Matthew Hutto receiving two consecutive life sentences.

According to Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay, Showalter could be facing possible life sentences for each murder conviction.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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