A week before her scheduled trial, a woman accused of murdering her estranged husband in Leavenworth was in court Tuesday for a motions hearing.

A week before her scheduled trial, a woman accused of murdering her estranged husband in Leavenworth was in court Tuesday for a motions hearing.

Barbara M. Frantz, 52, is charged with first-degree murder. She is accused of shooting her estranged husband, Gary, Jan. 27, 2017, in a Leavenworth parking lot.

Her trial is scheduled to begin next week in Leavenworth County District Court.

In court Tuesday, Assistant County Attorney Katie Devlin made arguments in favor of a motion that is asking District Court Judge Michael Gibbens to reconsider an earlier ruling by another judge.

The motion concerns the defense’s plan to present evidence suggesting the victim was killed by his son.

Devlin argued that a connection cannot be drawn between the son and the crime for which Frantz is charged. The prosecutor argued that evidence regarding a possible motive on the part of the son should be excluded.

Stacey Schlimmer, an attorney for Frantz, said the defense’s evidence against the son is as strong as the prosecution’s evidence against the defendant.

“We have a right to present a defense,” she said.

The victim reportedly made at least one dying declaration in which he identified his wife as the person who shot him.

Schlimmer suggested Tuesday that the victim may have only been assuming that he had been shot by his wife.

Gibbens is being asked to reconsider an earlier ruling by Judge Gunnar Sundby that allows the defense to present evidence regarding an alternative perpetrator. Gibbens has taken over the case from Sundby, who recently retired from his duties as a district court judge.

Schlimmer also argued Tuesday in favor of a defense motion seeking suppression of a witness’ in-court identification of Frantz as the shooter.

The witness in question is reported to have initially described the shooter as a man to a police officer. But the witness later identified Frantz as the person responsible for the shooting during a preliminary hearing in the case.

Devlin argued the defense’s remedy could be cross examination of the witness during the trial rather than suppression of the identification.

Gibbens made no rulings on the motions Tuesday but said he will try to reach decisions by Friday.

Frantz is scheduled to be back in court Friday for a pretrial conference ahead of next week’s trial.

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