The Carter Road murder case began in Christian Circuit Court with jury selection this morning.
Circuit Judge John Atkins is presiding over the case and took one last “not guilty” plea from the attorneys of 23-year old Derrick James and 22-year old Jordan Young of Clarksville.
All jurors from both circuit court divisions were called in to form a larger jury pool to find the best potential group.
Young and James are charged in the shooting death of 18-year old Shyara Olavarria in May of 2008 on Carter Road near Oak Grove. A third defendant, Kenneth Hudson, was found guilty two years ago of complicity to murder. The trial is expected to last the entire week.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary on Mount Zoar Road from last week.
Jeff Moore of Mount Zoar Road told deputies that a Puma dual tank air compressor was stolen out of his truck sometime around 9pm. An employee of Moore said he saw two white males in a white extended cab truck get out and take the air compressor, but he thought the men may have had permission to borrow it.
The air compressor is valued at 975 dollars.
The house fire on Sycamore Street in Hopkinsville from over the weekend is being investigated as a possible arson.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department report says fire-fighters responded to 112 Sycamore Sunday morning around 3:25 with four trucks and 11 personnel.
The home is the residence of Michael and April Haris, though they were not home when the blaze broke out. Carl Banks of Nashville is listed as the owner of the property.
The cause of the fire is listed as “undetermined”, though Hopkinsville Police Officer Charles Nichols took an arson report and fire department Inspector Cecelia Cloos was called in Sunday to investigate.
Approximately 15-thousand dollars worth of damage was done to the structure.
Two people were killed in a single-vehicle wreck involving a tractor-trailer in Trigg County last night.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says the semi was westbound near the 61-mile-marker around 10:15 when it ran off the road for an unknown reason and struck several trees before finally coming to rest.
Both occupants of the truck—34-year old Joseph Robinson and 55-year old Larry Artis of North Carolina—were ejected and police do not know who had been driving at the time of the wreck. The two men were pronounced dead on the scene by the Trigg County Coroner’s office.
Police do not know if either occupant was wearing a seat belt.
Traffic on I-24 westbound in Trigg County is restricted to one lane this morning after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer claimed a life last night.
Few details are known other than the crash happened near the 62 mile-marker around 9:30pm, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Both westbound lanes were closed for a while last night until crews decided it would be easier to do accident reconstruction in the daylight.
Highway Department Spokesman Keith Todd says it will likely be noon today or later until both westbound lanes will be open. Todd says crash debris from the semi involved in the wreck spreads along a wide area.
Westbound drivers should be on the lookout for slow and merging traffic, while eastbound motorists are unaffected by the crash.