Twenty-year old Garrett Dye appeared in Todd Circuit Court for a hearing Wednesday morning with an attorney hired by his parents.
Dye is accused in the February 4, 2011 beating death of his adopted sister, nine-year old Amy Dye near their Dogwood Road home near Trenton. He had a previous conviction overturned when the State Supreme Court ruled his confession to police had been coerced.
Dye's new attorney is Stephanie Ritchie of Clarksville, who was hired by his parents. Circuit Judge Tyler Gill said there could potentially be a conflict in Dye's parents paying for his representation and asked for reassurance from Ms. Ritchie that everyone involved is aware and is proceeding on their own free will.
Judge Gill also asked Dye directly if he was okay with the arrangement and he said he was.
The Garrett Dye case became statewide news in the fall of 2011 after a judge released Kentucky Health and Family Services records on the family, showing a pattern of alleged abuse against Amy Dye by her adopted siblings and parents in the months and years before her death. South Todd Elementary School teachers and administrators testified before the Kentucky General Assembly that they reported alleged abuse against the girl multiple times before she was murdered.
Judge Gill scheduled a January 7 hearing on motions by Commonwelath's Attorney Gail Guiling regarding what evidence will or will not be admissible and Ms. Ritchie said she will ask for a change of venue for the trial.