The Old Palmyra Road murder suspect appeared in District Court for arraignment this afternoon.
District Judge Jim Adams entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 29-year old Micah Holland of Pembroke, who appeared via video monitor from the Christian County Jail.
The arrest warrant issued for the man accused of murder on Old Palmyra Road early Sunday morning tells a bizarre story that ended with tragedy.
Arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with murder was 29-year old Micah Holland of Champion Highway, Pembroke. Holland is accused of shooting his cousin, 30-year old Joey Weatherwax of Cox Mill Road, in front of 7875 Old Palmyra just after 3am and then running him over with a vehicle.
A witness told Detective Bobby Nichols that he heard Weatherwax and Holland arguing over the phone sometime before the incident while at the Old Palmyra Road address.
The same witness said he later saw Weatherwax standing in front of a vehicle, heard a loud pop and then saw him fall to the ground before being run over.
The suspect’s father told police Micah had called him before the shooting saying he was looking for Weatherwax. The man said his son sounded as if he had been drinking alcohol.
The father said Micah Holland was angry because he believed Weatherwax and another man had loosened the lug nuts on his vehicle. Holland’s father said he received another phone call from his son after the shooting, saying he had shot Weatherwax. The warrant quotes Holland as saying quote—“I think I messed up, I shot Joey.”
Holland reportedly changed his story between two separate phone calls with his father, going from saying it was self defense to saying Weatherwax never had a gun.
The suspect told his father he might commit suicide or drive to Louisiana, but was instead booked in the Christian County Jail within nine and a half hours of the shooting after being arrested on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Oak Grove by Deputy Ed Stokes.
It will be a few days before the official numbers are tabulated, but this year’s Trail of Tears Native American Pow-Wow was a success by all accounts.
Organizer Peg Hays says great weather combined with community support to equate to a successful event in a 25th landmark year.
Ms. Hays says she can’t thank the community and community agencies enough for partnering to make this year’s Pow-Wow another success.
Even the Friday night free concert was a success, despite the threat for severe weather that didn’t materialize until late in the evening.
Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson was in Hopkinsville this morning, where he spoke on updating Kentucky’s tax codes at a Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast.
The discussion was more broad than just taxes, but Lieutenant Governor Abramson did spend a great deal of time explaining why the code must be modernized to bring in sufficient revenues for state services while also being fair to residents and businesses.
Lieutenant Governor Abramson says a diverse committee set up to make a comprehensive proposal to Governor Steve Beshear is considering things like competition from adjoining states on border counties such as Christian, Todd and Trigg.
Abramson also praised the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance for working together for the greater good, saying that is the best way to get things accomplished in Frankfort.
A single-vehicle wreck involving a motorcycle on the Pennyrile Parkway Saturday afternoon injured an Oak Grove man.
The incident happened around 1:15 on the northbound side near the 19 mile-marker, according to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office report, which says 29-year old Daniel Stone of Oak Grove lost control of his bike. The motorcycle began to wobble and turned over on its side, sending Stone into a skid.
An Air-Evac helicopter was called to the scene and took Stone to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment of leg and wrist pain. Stone was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.