The KSC applied its recent clarifying decisions regarding harmless error and reversed:
The Court of Appeals was influenced by "the sheer volume of witnesses testifying about the attack and kidnapping." But none of the witnesses, other than Belone and Begay, had first-hand knowledge of the entire incident. Playing an audio recording of Begay relating her version of the entire event is certainly more compelling evidence than presenting pieces of the puzzle from a number of different witnesses.
Here, the State has simply failed to carry its burden of showing that there is no reasonable possibility that the violation of Belone's confrontation rights contributed to the verdict. Without that degree of certainty, we cannot declare the error to be harmless. We must reverse and remand for a new trial.
This is a nice example of the importance of harmless error analysis.
Here is coverage of the case in the Lawrence Journal-World.