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The murder case of the Todd County teen convicted of killing his adopted sister just over two years ago on Dogwood Road near Trenton is awaiting action by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The case of Garrett Dye vs. the Commonwealth of Kentucky could be heard sooner rather than later after oral arguments were dispensed of January 15th.
The Supreme Court will now make its decision based on briefs submitted by defense attorney Dennis Ritchie and by the Commonwealth.
Dye reportedly admitted to police that he had beaten nine year old Amy Dye to death with a hydraulic jack handle on February 4th, 2011 in an interview two days after the crime.
Ritchie had asked Circuit Judge Tyler Gill to strike the tape of the confession from evidence, saying he was coerced and under somewhat false pretenses. He also said Dye asked for an attorney before making the confession.
Dye would accept a plea deal that November which included a 50-year prison sentence. Ritchie said the deal was accepted to get the ball rolling on appealing Judge Gill’s decision to the Supreme Court and to ask for another trial.
Garrett and Amy Dye were being forced to shovel gravel as punishment on the evening of the crime. Dye said in open court he became angry with his sister and beat her to death in the cold rain.
A Supreme Court employee said it isn’t clear when the Justices will make their decision, but it could come at any time. If there is a new trial, the defense would likely ask for it to be somewhere other than Todd County.