Hopkins to Mount Battered Woman's Syndrome Defense in Hesston Shooting Case

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
June 30, 2016

The Newton woman accused of giving her former boyfriend the guns used in February’s shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston has told the court she plans on mounting a battered woman’s syndrome defense at her August trial.

Sarah Jo Hopkins, age 28, allegedly gave Cedric Ford the weapons he used on a shooting rampage February 25 that injured 14 people and killed three others before Ford himself was shot dead by police.

Hopkins is pleading not guilty to transferring weapons to Ford, a convicted felon with a criminal record that prohibited him from owning guns.

Hopkins has told investigators that she gave Ford the guns because he had threatened her. Hopkins and Ford had two young children together but were no longer a couple at the time of the shooting.