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Society
4:07 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Murray Attorney on Youth Pranks and Crimes

Murray Attorney Mark Blankenship joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss how youths need to realize that what used to be pranks now lead to involvement with the courts. 

Crime
8:22 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Attorney Strengthens Efforts for Jackson Plea Bargain

Lance Allison, goracers.com

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship plans to intensify efforts to reach a plea bargain for Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson. Blankenship says he is concerned social media comments about the case have affected the Calloway County jury.

Police allege Jackson struck two people with his car in Murray’s Walmart parking lot Sept. 9. Blankenship says the offer to Jackson will include conditions of jail time, restitution to the victims and anger management.

Crime
3:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Jackson Waives Preliminary Hearing, May Negotiate Plea Deal

Zay Jackson
Lance Allison, goracers.com

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship hopes to work out a plea deal with Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson. Jackson faces felony assault charges for allegedly hitting two people with his car during an argument in the Murray Walmart parking lot earlier this month. Blankenship says Jackson has waived his right to preliminary hearing and grand jury consideration.

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Crime
8:52 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Walker Heads Back to Court on Tampering Charges

Former Murray State student, and newly reinstated Paducah Middle School assistant principal, Jerry Walker, Junior will be back in court next week on charges related to a 1998 M-S-U dorm fire that killed student Michael Minger.

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Law
8:11 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Walker Not Guilty

A jury found Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. not guilty yesterday of charges associated with a fatal 1998 Murray State University dorm fire. 

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Crime
7:56 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Former College Friend Testifies in Walker MSU Dorm Fire Trial

Jerry Wayne Walker Jr.’s college friend testified in Walker’s trial yesterday in Marshall County. Walker faces charges stemming from the 1998 Murray State University Hester Hall dorm fire that killed student Michael Minger.

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Crime
8:47 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Paducah Sun Seeks to Keep Hearings Open

The Paducah Sun reports it has filed a petition in Calloway Circuit Court to keep pre-trial hearings open in the arson/manslaughter case against Jerry Wayne Walker, Junior.  Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship wants to close the hearings to both the media and the public, citing "media attention" to the case as the reason.  Walker is set to appear in his second trial later this year over charges he set the 1998 Murray State dorm fire that killed Michael Minger and injured another student.  Walker's earlier trial in 2001 ended in a hung jury.  Circuit Judge Dennis Foust has not yet ruled

Crime
6:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship on Kentucky's "Stand Your Ground" Law

The so called “stand your ground” law cited in the media recently as justification for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is under scrutiny now. Kentucky has a similar law. Where essentially someone could use deadly force against a person who is threatening their life. To help shed more light on this law in Kentucky Chad Lampe spoke with Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship. He serves Calloway and Marshall Counties.