Springfield, Mo. – (1/31/2018) Kearstain N. Sleeth, 27, of Springfield was convicted today by a Greene County Jury for her role in the death of Curtis Payne.
Sleeth was found guilty of felony murder and first degree burglary. According to reports, the jury deliberated for over 6 hours before returning its verdict. Evidence was presented at trial that Curtis Payne was killed when three teenagers entered his home with the intent to assault him. During the burglary, Payne was shot several times by two of the teenagers. Evidence was also presented that the defendant who was 23 years old at the time, drove the teenagers over to Payne’s home knowing they were armed with guns with the intent to assault him. The defendant then drove them from the crime scene after Payne was killed and took the teenagers near Fellows Lake where they threw the guns in a field.
During an interview with Springfield Police Department Detectives, the defendant acknowledged that she drove the teenagers to the Payne’s home knowing they intended to assault him.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 6, 2018 following a sentencing assessment report by the Department of Probation and Parole.