Murder case heads to mediation

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By Linda Ireland

  Abdullah Rahman White has been sitting in jail since January 2012.

The Radcliff man is charged with the Dec. 30, 2011, murder of 28-year-old Kristie Lynne Allen, who was house-sitting for vacationing friends in Buffalo. Allen was asphyxiated, according to court records.

White is charged also with burglary, theft of an auto, tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property and complicity.

Police say White, now 37, removed items from the house and was preparing to move Allen’s body when he was interrupted by her mother, who had gone to the residence to check on her daughter. He fled the home and was picked up days later by federal marshals.

Samantha J. Kolley of Elizabethtown faces numerous counts in the case as well. She allegedly drove Allen’s car away from the crime scene, with White as a passenger. She is out of jail on bail.

Their trials have been postponed several times as evidence was being processed and White has changed lawyers.

White could be facing a death sentence as he has a prior conviction of complicity to commit murder. His trial date is set in July.

The parties have agreed to seek mediation – with the approval of LaRue Circuit Judge John David Seay.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Whitney Meredith, said the Allen family is aware of the judge’s decision and will be participating in the outcome.

In mediation, all parties, including the defendant and the victims, have the opportunity to speak before the mediator, who comes up with a resolution for the case. Final adoption of the agreement would be signed by the judge.