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A proposed bill could give prosecutors across Kentucky more teeth in convicting repeat DUI and domestic assault offenders.

3rd District State Representative Gerald Watkins is sponsoring the bill crafted by Assistant McCracken County Attorney Todd Jones. 

Lattus Trial Set For April 2013

Dec 5, 2012

Fulton County Circuit Judge Tim Langford has set an April 22 trial date for the man accused of killing Hickman mayor Charlie Murphy. Tommy Lattus of Hickman admitted to killing Murphy in January. Judge Langford says Lattus will have a chance at a plea agreement February 14.

Walker Back in Court Today

Nov 13, 2012

Jerry Wayne Walker, Junior is set to appear in Calloway Circuit Court this morning for a hearing on six tampering with evidence charges related to a 1998 Murray State dorm fire that killed a fellow student. The Paducah Sun reports Walker’s attorney Dennis Null hopes the 8:30 am status hearing provides a resolution for the charges. Walker’s tampering with evidence indictments came just before his July acquittal on murder and arson charges for the same incident. Walker faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if found guilty on all charges.

Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. Defense Team Working on Deal

Nov 8, 2012

Jerry Wayne Walker junior’s defense attorney says they’re working with Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship to reach a deal before Walker’s next trial date.

Former Middle School Principal Sentenced

Aug 31, 2012

A judge today sentenced former South Marshall Middle School principal Kent Barlow to serve 10 years in prison. Barlow pled guilty earlier this month to three charges stemming from an attack on his former girlfriend. Marshall County Circuit Judge Dennis Foust gave Barlow five years for both first degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment.

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The man who allegedly killed Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy in January was found incompetent to stand trial. Police say 30 year-old Thomas Lattus came into the station and stated he had killed the mayor a little after 1 am the night of the murder. Lattus will be committed to Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville to be treated for up to 360 days or until doctors determine he is competent to be tried. Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy says he disagrees with the ruling, but he’s confident Lattus will still be prosecuted.

Evrard Murder-Kidnapping Trial Postponed

Jul 27, 2012
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McCracken Circuit Judge Craig Clymer has postponed the trial of three family members charged with kidnapping and murdering  21-year-old Casondra Evrard in 2010. 

Jury Deliberations Begin in Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. Case

Jul 18, 2012

Attorneys gave closing arguments this morning in the retrial of Jerry Wayne Walker. Walker faces charges associated to a 1998 Murray State dormitory fire that resulted in the death of one student and the permanent injury of another.

Prosecutors in the Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. trial played tapes yesterday of Walker’s interview with Kentucky State Police investigators in November 1998.