Wichita mother found guilty of first-degree murder in son’s methadone overdose

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Kimberly Compass was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son Zayden Jaynesahkluah on Monday.

Zayden died of a methadone overdose in a motel located in the 2300 block of S. Broadway on May 31, 2019. Methadone is a prescription used to treat opioid addiction.

After two hours of deliberations, and a guilty verdict, Kimberly Compass raised her hand and objected, asking the judge if she could speak.

“Can I ask you a question sir?” asked Compass.

“You may not,” said Judge O’Connor.

“Okay so who do I need to ask a question about Reggie Whiters — he murdered my son, you guys convicted me guilty?” asked Compass.

“Ms. Compass you need to be quiet,” said Judge O’Connor.

Reggie Whiters is Compass’s friend who was with her at the time Zayden died.

Zayden’s father Caleb Jaynesahkluah said the verdict is a step toward closure for his family. He said in just seven days it will be the 2 year anniversary of Zayden’s death.

“I’m just glad that now I finally have something to say to say to him after I leave here from y’all — I’m gonna go to his grave so I can finally tell my baby boy that there is something,” said Caleb Jaynesahkluah.

Prosecutors accused Compass of mishandling three bottles of methadone, which had been prescribed to help her kick a heroin habit. It remains unclear exactly how the boy got ahold of the methadone. Her defense attorney argued throughout the trial that Compass didn’t know the boy ingested the drug.

Sentencing for Compass is set for August 12, 2021.

Before the jury deliberated closing arguments were held. Compass did not take the stand in her trial. A judge provided the jury with seven instructions before they went into deliberations.

“She was reckless,” said Kelsey Floyd, prosecuting attorney. “She was reckless with how she handled it. She was reckless of how she handled it around her son. It was her methadone that she was responsible that was in his sytem at the time he died. She is responsible. She killed him because of her recklessness, and I’m asking you to hold her accountable for that.”

“What Kimberly Compass did that day doesn’t make sense to charge her with the crime that she is charged with,” said Steve Mank, defense attorney. “There are too many questions, too many unanswered questions, too much speculation, and too many what if, is it possible. The state needs to prove each and every element required by law under a reasonable doubt, and they can not do that in this case.”

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