Dye awaits a hearing late last year.
The attorney for 18-year old Garrett Dye has filed an appeal of his murder conviction in the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Hopkinsville attorney Dennis Ritchie retained the right to appeal Circuit Judge Tyler Gill’s ruling to allow Dye’s confession in the hours following the murder of 9-year old Amy Dye on February 4th, 2010.
Ritchie said the confession was coerced and given under somewhat false pretenses. He would also say Dye had requested an attorney before the confession, but never received one.
Judge Gill ruled in the Commonwealth’s favor, allowing the taped confession to be used as evidence.
A jury never got to hear the confession, as Dye accepted a conditional plea deal and pled guilty to murder in exchange for a 50 year sentence. He will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Ritchie said his client accepted the plea deal in order to get the appeal process rolling as soon as possible.
An employee of the State Supreme Court Offices said there was no immediate schedule set up for when a hearing may be held in Dye’s case.
Interviewed after Dye’s plea in court, Ritchie said publicity after the release of state cabinet records would make it hard to get a fair trial in Todd County, if the Supreme Court rules in his favor.
Judge Gill warned Dye that cases rarely get overturned in the Supreme Court during the court hearing last year and made him admit to what he did before accepting his guilty plea.
He never won an election, but one of Kentucky’s most well-known candidates has died.
Perennial gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith passed away in his sleep at his Lexington home this morning at the age of 64. Galbraith ran for governor numerous times—as a democrat, under the Reform Party ticket and more often than not as an independent.
If you asked Gatewood why he kept running, he’d say because Kentucky has “perennial problems.”
Twice his political opponent, Governor Steve Beshear said he was saddened by Gatewood’s passing and called him a “passionate man.”
Galbraith was perhaps best known for his support of legalizing marijuana and was also the author of the book titled “The Last Free Man in America.”
A Jeep pulling a trailer wrecked on Greenville Road yesterday morning, injuring a Hopkinsville man.
The incident happened around 11:10, according to the report from the Sheriff’s Office.
Police say 35-year old Samual Wright of Greenville was pulling a small trailer loaded with hay when the right side tires of the trailer dropped off the roadway. Wright over-corrected and the trailer became disconnected and the Jeep ran off the road and flipped.
A passenger, 35-year old Heath Hopper of South Kentucky Avenue, Hopkinsville was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for a shoulder injury.
Wright was cited for not having proof of insurance.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating two fires at the same address last night and early this morning.
The first fire destroyed a two-story house under construction at 9029 Shiloh Church Road belonging to John Williams of that address. Williams told police he heard his dog barking outside and looked around, but didn’t see anything unusual. He said that while he was in the shower he heard an explosion.
When he looked outside, he saw his under construction house on fire. Williams said his children heard someone talking outside just before the blaze. He had been working on building the house for six years and there was not yet any electrical wiring installed. The structure was valued at $72,000 and Williams said he had no insurance on the house.
The Lacy Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office were called back to the property just before 6:30, when an out building filled with antiques was also set on fire.
Williams had been asleep on the couch when he awoke to find that building on fire around 6:23am. No suspects are listed on the report.
Frank Brown with Judge-Executive Steve Tribble at a meeting last year.
North Christian County will be even more prepared for a disaster after Community Emergency Response Team training this upcoming weekend in Crofton.
The training will be at Crofton Baptist Church, 155 College St., from 6 until 9pm Friday evening and 8am to 5pm Saturday.
Pennyrile Citizens Corps Council Regional Operations Officer Frank Brown organized the Kelly Community “CERT Team” and says this weekend’s training is an opportunity for anyone interested in helping their neighbor in the face of disaster to learn more.
Attendees will be provided lunch on Saturday and graduates will receive a CERT equipment bag with tools and safety equipment.
The Kelly Community Organization has grown substantially and Brown says he’s seen the same kind of interest in Crofton.
CERT teams have responded locally to disasters such as ice storms, floods and tornadoes.