Court upholds Foster conviction, prison sentence



June 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM

The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Rory Foster for the murder of Briawna Hardrick in her east Iola apartment in 2006.
He was sentenced in July 2008 to 50 years in prison without chance of parole.
The appeal to the Supreme Court questioned Foster’s competency to stand trial, claimed prosecutorial errors and proposed that he did not receive a fair trial. The justices found to the contrary, letting stand Foster’s convictions and sentencings for murder, rape, arson, kidnapping, sodomy and battery.
The justices’ conclusion was, “Each of the 11 issues raised by defendant Rory M. Foster in this appeal lacks merit. The convictions and sentences are affirmed.”
Foster, 29, is in the maximum security prison just outside El Dorado.
The crimes Foster committed in late April 2006 occurred after he flew from Florida to visit Hardrick and their then 1-year-old son.
Hardrick, 19 at the time, was killed after a series of sordid events that also involved her 19-year-old friend, Rachel Reeder, who escaped the apartment on promise of keeping quiet about the crimes.
The child was not at the apartment when the crimes occurred.
Foster was arrested the same day when he returned a rental vehicle to an agency in Kansas City, Mo.
He had met Hardrick several years earlier when he was a student at Allen County Community College.