A Picher man wanted in Ottawa County on a number of felony charges has been sentenced to one year in jail on a misdemeanor drug charge.
Donald Kidwell, 49, stood trial on second-degree murder charges in connection with the 1991 death of Karol Sullens of Baxter Springs, Kan. Court records indicate that Kidwell and Don Davis, also of Picher, left a Galena, Kan., strip club on the night of Aug. 31, 1991, with Sullens after she completed her shift at the club.
According to Davis, Sullens passed out while they were driving from a drug overdose. Davis told authorities that he drove to a remote area northwest of Galena where Kidwell carried Sullens body out of the pickup and returned alone.
Davis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and obstruction of duty. He was sentenced to a one-year probation and fined $1,500.
Kidwell pleaded guilty to the same charges and served 18 months in Cherokee County Jail. The body of Sullens was never found.
In April of 2006, Kidwell was charged with possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and driving while his license was revoked. Cherokee County District Attorney Michael Goodrich accepted a plea of possession of paraphernalia and the other charges were dropped.
Kidwell is currently serving time in Moberly Correctional Center on a felony drug conviction in Newton County. District Judge Kent Lynch ordered that Kidwell's sentence be served at the same time of his Missouri prison sentence. He will not be required to spend any additional time in Kansas.
An outstanding warrant is still in effect in Ottawa County, where Kidwell is charged with several felonies, including possession of methamphetamine and larceny of an automobile.