Another delay in murder case

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By Linda Ireland

It has been nearly two years since the body of Kristie Lynne Allen was found inside a Buffalo home. The 28-year-old, who was house-sitting for a friend, was found wrapped in a comforter by her mother.

Allen’s mother allegedly witnessed Abdullah White, then 35, and Samantha JoDale Kolley, then 19, fleeing the house in her daughter’s car.

White has been charged with Allen’s murder and burglarizing the house. His trial has been set for July 28, 2014. He remains lodged in the Hart County Jail under $2 million bond.

Kolley, who is being tried separately, has been charged with taking Allen’s car, second-degree burglary and complicity, and tampering with physical evidence and complicity. Investigators say Kolley and White were attempting to move Allen’s body when they were interrupted.

Kolley is out on a surety bond. Her trial date had been set for Oct. 22, but at her most recent court appearance, it was extended to April 28, 2014, with pretrial conference on April 18.

She was assigned a new attorney, Steven Wright from the Shepherdsville Department of Public Advocacy, after questions about a conflict of interest arose about her last public defender.

The court is waiting on the DNA results of a single hair before proceeding. The hair was found on the comforter around Allen’s body.

Kolley’s second attorney, Kyle Williamson, represents her in an assault case. Kolley is accused of assaulting a LaRue County jail inmate while she was incarcerated. The assault case will be resolved at the same time as the original charges.

LaRue Circuit Judge John David Seay is overseeing the cases.

As part of her bond agreement, Kolley is required to report to a pretrial officer, not use alcohol or illegal drugs, not possess any kind of weapon, be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, refrain from any contact with White or other co-defendant or their families, reside only at her mother’s residence, not travel outside the state without permission, not use the telephone or Internet between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., obtain employment, attend all court proceedings, have no new arrests and not engage in any criminal conduct while on release.

White’s court date was postponed until Oct. 21. His counsel was unavailable due to being involved in a death penalty trial in northern Kentucky.