Status hearing scheduled in murder case
A Leavenworth woman who is accused of murdering her husband appeared in court Friday, and a status hearing in her case is now set for next month.
Alexandra E. Gilson, 31, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of interference with law enforcement. She is accused of stabbing her husband, Joshua, who was found dead Oct. 30 at his home in Leavenworth.
Gilson’s attorney, Gregory Robinson, said Friday in court that he is still receiving evidence through the discovery process.
“There’s some other preliminary matters that we’re having done as well,” Robinson said.
The defense attorney asked District Judge Gerald Kuckelman to schedule the next hearing in January.
Kuckelman scheduled a status hearing for Jan. 15.
Gilson remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail. She made her court appearance from the jail through the Zoom online videoconferencing service.
Zoom is being used for many Leavenworth County District Court proceedings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jeffery M. Samulczyk, 36, also is charged in connection to Joshua Gilson’s death.
Samulczyk is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and interference with law enforcement.
Samulczyk, who remains in custody at the jail, appeared in court through Zoom on Friday as well.
Kuckelman ruled that Samulczyk is competent to stand trial.
Samulczyk’s attorney, Clinton Lee, made a request last month that his client undergo a competency evaluation.
Kuckelman said Friday that the evaluation was performed through The Guidance Center, a community mental health organization that serves Leavenworth County.
Kuckelman said a report of the evaluation indicates Samulczyk is competent to stand trial.
Lee said he was prepared to stipulate to the report’s conclusions.
The judge asked Lee if the defense was ready to schedule a preliminary hearing in the case.
“Frankly judge, we’re not even close,” Lee said.
He said discovery evidence is trickling in. He asked the judge to schedule a status hearing similar to the one scheduled in Alexandra Gilson’s case.
Kuckelman also scheduled a Jan. 15 status hearing for Samulczyk.