A hearing was held in Todd Circuit Court this morning in the murder case of 19-year old Garrett Dye, who had his conviction overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this summer.
Dye did not appear at the hearing, but Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Justin Crawford told Judge Tyler Gill he had received paperwork listing Frankfort public defender Linda Roberts Horsman as his defense.
Judge Gill asked staff members to get in contact with Ms. Horsman's office to see if another public defender needed to be assigned.
Crawford said the Kentucky Attorney General's Office has also been in contact with the Supreme Court asking for clarifications to its ruling.
Dye previously pled guilty to the February 4, 2011 murder of his adopted sister, 9-year old Amy Dye, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder charge. As part of his plea deal, Dye was allowed the right to appeal his conviction to the Kentucky Supreme Court on grounds his confession to State Police soon after the killing was coerced.
The Supreme Court's decision says Dye's confession came after he was misled repeatedly about his eligibility for the death penalty. Portions of the transcripts from police questioning included in the court opinion show detectives asserting Dye would almost certainly receive the death penalty if he didn't confess, but would receive some type of lesser punishment if he did admit to the killing.