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Tausha Fields sentenced to life in prison

Monday, August 16, 2010 | 5:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Tausha L. Fields was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday afternoon in Boone County Court.

On June 29, Fields was found guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of ex-husband Mitchell W. Kemp. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the charge of armed criminal action.

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Kemp was killed Aug. 24, 2004, at a south Boone County farm that Fields shared with then-husband Gregory W. Morton. Morton pleaded guilty in June 2009 for the killing of Kemp, and, in exchange for testifying against Fields, his charge was lowered to second-degree murder.

On July 6, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

During Fields’ trial, attorneys for both sides agreed Fields took Kemp to the farmwhere Morton shot him multiple times. Fields then helped bury the body on the property. Although the defense argued Morton scared Fields into covering up the crime after he killed Kemp, prosecutors argued Fields manipulated Morton into killing him.

Fields' sentencing took place after two of Kemp's family members made statements.

Kemp's daughter Tara tearfully recounted her attempts to locate her father and listed everything she wished to say to him.

During his statement, Kemp’s brother Tracy looked directly at Fields and called her a “master manipulator,” charging she should never see freedom again.

Fields fidgeted throughout the statements but stood motionless during sentencing.


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Tim Kelly July 10, 2011 | 8:23 p.m.

This Tausha Fields case somehow turned into a little bit of a lynch mob. Sounds like the jury probably went home every night. Good job media. Compare this to the recent Anthony trial and it almost seems the system was broken for both trials. As far as this case, what happened to the gun? Hard to have an untraceable gun now days. Greg Morton's testimony should of been thrown out based on the deal he was getting. Even the jurors said he sounded like he was well coached. The jurors also said they did not like giving her a stronger conviction not even being the shooter so what happened. The jurors basically said somehow Morton was more believable and that was enough. They did not even say they believed him. Yes she lies a lot and takes advantage of guys that would never have a chance at getting as an attractive girl as her but we have manipulative people all over the place. That doesn't get you life in prison. Look at the media for one. Helping to bury the body definitely gets her some time but she did not pull the trigger and those are really the only two facts we have. Oh yes, the motive was ridiculous. Don't you think if she was so good she would be at least setting someone up with a life insurance policy or at least a child custody case but there was nothing. I did not see the whole trial but pretty sure her attorney was not best. I know he did not interview well on tv so sometimes that's all it takes and she better get a new one for her appeals.

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Charlie Cuttler August 14, 2012 | 12:51 p.m.

Charlie Cuttler, Aug,14 2012 Canada.
I wanted to leave a small comment on the Tasha Fields story. I just watched the story on The First 48 Hours and I was very shocked when Tasha was handed a life sentence.
From what I viewed I would say that Greg Morton was very well coached on what to tell the jurors.The part where Greg Morton said she yelled shoot him shoot him that I did not believe. Then the one juror commented they couldn't see Tasha getting a stiffer sentence than Greg well hello she did not pull the trigger. Greg Morton didn't have to pull the trigger nor did he have to use a gun but he did not Tasha.
I just kinda thought that the court wanted to give her the max no matter what.
I am hoping for a little different out come in Tasha's appeals.

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mike mentor August 14, 2012 | 2:39 p.m.

I am no lawyer or court official, but I think the way it ALWaYS works is you get a better sentence if you plead than you do if you go to trial and lose.

I have sat on the jury a few times in Boone County and Paul Hood was the best defender, by far, of the three that I witnessed first hand.

I don't know enough of the details of the case to profess surety about guilt or innocence. After Ryan F's case, I hold out judgment until I do have more details...

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