Seven Fort Hays State University students enrolled in the Social Work and Law and Social Deviance classes traveled to Wichita from Oct. 20 to 22.
While in Wichita, students attended a capital murder trial for a man who beheaded a woman. DNA from that murder linked him to numerous rapes.
" We also saw the sentencing of a woman who murdered her 3-year-old son," said Judith Caprez, associate professor of social work.
In addition to court proceedings, students also rode with Wichita Police Department officers during their 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. shifts. According to Caprez, the department has converted to four 10-hour days for the officers.
Students making the trip were Chelsea Anderson, Dodge City senior; Regina Anderson, Newark, OH, senior; Megan Haines, Leoti senior; Carrie Keener, Hays senior; Darshaya Mustacchio, Gardnerville, NV, junior; Larry Pfannenstiel, Hays senior; and Melissa Whitney, Kensington senior.