Paul D. Cramm

Kansas Woman Loses Her Second Daughter To Murder

Cherri West’s sadness started back in 1999 when her 10-year-old daughter, Pamela Butler, who was playing outside their home, was kidnapped by a person who came there in his pickup truck.

Her older sister, Casey Eaton, was the only person who saw the person grab her sister; she was a teenager when the incident happened. She ran behind the truck screaming and a person who saw her in trouble immediately noted the license plate number of the truck. However, the offender succeeded in escaping.

The dead body of the girl was found by the police and the offender was identified as Keith D. Nelson, who was sentenced to death. He was charged with kidnapping, raping and killing the girl.

The mother and sister of Butler waited for 18 years for justice and 34-year-old Eaton is now a mother of 4.

The family again got in trouble and had to bear another loss last Wednesday as Eaton was shot. She was sitting in her vehicle that was stopped outside the park that was named after her sister who was killed many years ago.

The police investigated the case and Eminency Lansdown was taken into custody for the shooting. He was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm in relation to her death.

The death of the second child has sent her mother in shock. She said, “It’s hard to believe that it’s happened to us again. I can’t believe I’m standing here doing an interview over another murdered child. I just want to think it’s a nightmare, but I know it’s not. I know it’s true.”

Eaton was the eldest child in her home and she assisted her mother a lot after the death of her sister. Her mother added, “I am just totally lost. It truly has to be a nightmare”. She said for her daughters to “wrap your arms around each other and fly high”.

It is not confirmed if Lansdown has hired a lawyer.

The reason for the murder is still unknown.

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This practice has been exclusively devoted to all levels of criminal defense from misdemeanor offenses in municipal court to felony matters in the Federal courts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Paul D. Cramm is qualified to provide defense in Capital and Death Penalty cases.