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.
Telephone customers in western Kentucky soon can begin preparing for the changes that will come early next year when area code 364 is added to the same geographic area as 270.
This eventual change will require people to dial ten-digit numbers in order to connect instead of seven-digit dialing. Kentucky Public Service Commission spokesperson Andrew Melnykovych says a "permissive dialing" period begins Saturday, during which customers will be able to dial either seven or ten digits when making local calls in the 270 area. Mandatory 10-digit dialing begins early next year.
Melnykovych says overlays are the current way new area codes are designated instead of using geographic boundaries.
Area code 364 was created by the PSC when it was decided more telephone numbers are needed in the 270 area. The best way to remember the new area code is that 364 spells “dog” on your keypad.
Two Elkton residents were arrested on drug charges early Sunday morning.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says a vehicle driven by 20-year old Mallory Legate was stopped at a DUI checkpoint on US 68-80 in Fairview around 1:10 a.m.
Police allege Legate was driving impaired and the news release says troopers found marijuana and methamphetamine in the vehicle. She was arrested and charged with DUI, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A passenger, 27-year old Christopher Saddler of Elkton, was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Todd County Jail.
Todd Fiscal Court heard more about a proposed project by the City of Clarksville this morning that could bring access to natural gas service to some residents of southern Todd County in the coming months, though there are still several issues to work out before that happens.
Clarksville has filed an application with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to run a new line from an existing large natural gas line a few miles north of Elkton south to tap into another existing line that would take it to Montgomery County.
Todd County Judge Executive Daryl Greenfield says the line would go a little east of Elkton according to the proposed route.
One of the hangups is whether Clarksville would charge wholesale or retail rates to any industries that could possibly use their service in Todd County. If they were to balk at giving wholesale costs to industry, that could severely hurt the partnership and negotiations.
Judge Greenfield says while some south Todd residents could certainly benefit from the proposed project, Clarksville's man intent is to have a back up for its current system.
County Attorney Mac Johns says several residents have already received letters regarding the proposed line going through their property. Johns says he's already explored necessary channels to be sure Todd County has a seat at the table in how the project would go down and that Todd County residents would be well-served in any agreement.
In other action, Treasurer Tammy Robertson gave her end of the fiscal year budget report, which shows the county in good fiscal shape. Johns praised Judge Greenfield, Ms. Robertson and magistrates for having plenty of cash in the bank at 1.9 million dollars and reflected on past years when that was certainly not the case.
The Elkton man accused in being an accomplice to a murder in Graves County last year was found guilty by a jury Thursday.
WPSD in Paducah reports Eddie Russell of Elkton was convicted of complicity to murder, complicity to attempted murder, complicity to robbery and burglary, and two counts of complicity to wanton endangerment.
Police say Russell was the mastermind behind the plan to rob the home of his ex-girl friend's family. Russell was accused of driving two men to the home of Richard and Sharon Jett in February 2012, giving them a gun and instructing them where to find other guns and money.
Richard Jett was fatally wounded. His wife, Sharon was shot 5 times but survived.
The two other suspects have already accepted plea deals on their charges. James Kirby is serving a 30-year sentence and Richard Phipps received a life sentence. The jury recommended a 25-year sentence for Russell, who will stand for formal sentencing next month.