A Trigg County jury has recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole for a man convicted of murdering a woman in 2007.
The jury last Friday made the recommendation in the retrial of 42-year-old George Luna for the 2007 brutal murder of 46-year-old Debra Hendrickson of Benton.
Luna also received 20 years in prison on a charge of first degree arson, which by law must run concurrent with the life sentence.
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions announced after five days of testimony, it took the jury just over an hour to convict Luna for a second time for murdering Ms. Hendrickson and for setting her mobile home ablaze to cover up the heinous crime.
After the jury returned its recommended sentence, Luna waived formal sentencing and is currently lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.
Pope Benedict’s announcement today to resign as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has sent shock waves around the globe and locally.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School Principal, Sarah Kranz of Hopkinsville says when she first learned of the Pope’s resignation, it took her by surprise.
A woman is in critical condition following a wreck in Hopkins County last night.
A news release from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Bailey says 32-year old Jaime Lile of Madisonville was westbound on HIcklin Road around 8:15 when she ran off the road and hit a utility pole before coming to rest in a ditch.
Ms. Lile was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health in Madisonville before being flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. Deputy Bailey says Ms. Lile was listed in critical condition at last check.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A wreck in Muhlenberg County Sunday afternoon injured a passenger.
Kentucky State Police say 47-year old Steven Cottrell of Powderly swerved to avoid a vehicle that was stopped in front of him on US 431 just after 1pm. Cottrell’s pickup hit a mailbox and a tree before coming to rest in a ditch.
He went uninjured but his wife, 44-year old Debbie Cottrell, was taken by ambulance to Muhlenberg Community Hospital. Police say both individuals were wearing a seat belt.
A Clarksville woman fractured her spine in a wreck allegedly involving alcohol early Sunday morning.
The incident happened around 12:40am at the intersection of Hazelwood and Trenton Road, according to the Clarksville Police report, which says 27-year old Kenton Taulbee of Clarksville went through the intersection and into a guide wire before going airborne and coming to rest near the Northeast High School baseball fields.
Police found 27-year old Stephanie Bradley of Clarksville ejected from the pickup on the ground. She was immediately taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a fractured spine and a fractured nasal cavity.
Taulbee was not seriously injured and was arrested at Gateway Medical Center after being medically cleared on DUI charges.