A judge has denied a request for an investigator for a woman who has been convicted of murdering her estranged husband in Leavenworth.

A judge has denied a request for an investigator for a woman who has been convicted of murdering her estranged husband in Leavenworth.

Attorneys for Barbara M. Frantz had sought funding for investigative services. But Judge Michael Gibbens denied this request Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.

Frantz, 52, was convicted in July of first-degree murder.

She was charged after her husband, Gary, was shot six times Jan. 27, 2017, in a parking lot in downtown Leavenworth.

Frantz has not yet been sentenced.

Frantz’s attorneys made the request for funding for an investigator following the conviction. The attorneys sought funding from the State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services.

Defense attorney Stacey Schlimmer said earlier this month that Frantz’s family had been paying for defense services in the case, but they no longer have the finances for the additional investigative services.

Schlimmer said the investigator was needed to obtain recordings and talk to witnesses.

Schlimmer said attorneys for the defense wanted to avoid speaking directly to witnesses because they did not want to become witnesses themselves regarding what was said to them.

Gibbens indicated Wednesday that defense attorneys were wanting the investigator to speak with jurors in the case. The judge noted that Frantz has two attorneys and suggested one of them could speak to jurors.

Gibbens said he was giving the defense request consideration, but he was having difficulty in understanding why the investigator was needed.

He denied the request.

Schlimmer was not present for Wednesday’s hearing. But Frantz’s other attorney, Angela Keck, was present.

Defense attorneys also have requested funding for transcripts from the trial and hearings in the case.

Gibbens said he intends to approve this request but defense attorneys first need to complete paperwork.

Gibbens noted that it will take time to prepare the transcripts the defense attorneys need to file post-trial motions. The judge scheduled a status hearing for Sept. 12.

Frantz remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.

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