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Court/Criminal

  • Gribbins' case appealed

    Christopher Gribbins was convicted of wanton murder for the death of David Litsey Jr. on July 17.

    On July 22, Gribbins’ attorneys filed a motion for a new trial in Marion Circuit Court. Gribbins’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7 before Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly.

    The jury recommended a 20-year sentence at the end of the trial.

  • Court Briefs: Aug. 6, 2014

    Final sentencing
    Barry Martin (1991) was sentenced to five years July 21 in LaRue Circuit Court on one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, auto, $10,000 or more; first-degree criminal mischief; and second-degree persistent felony offender. Fines were waived.

    Final sentencing

  • Woman charged with perjury

    A Hodgenville woman was charged last week with three counts of perjury by the LaRue County Attorney.

    Janelle Bass, 24, accused her boyfriend, James Franklin, 27, in May of assaulting her. She reported the incident to LCA Dale Morris and Kentucky State Police.

    She changed her story under oath at Franklin’s preliminary hearing in district court. She testified that Franklin had not struck or threatened her, or held her against her will. She said her injuries were caused during an altercation with a woman at a bar.

  • New trial date set for Cruse, Hornback

    A new trial date was set Monday for former mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    Pretrial conference is Oct. 31; the trial will be Nov. 10.

    Cruse and Hornback have hired new attorneys to represent them in their criminal cases. F. Todd Lewis, Jon Heck and Ryan Vantrease, all of Louisville, are now listed as counsel on record.

    They appeared Monday on behalf of their clients in LaRue Circuit Court. Cruse and Hornback did not appear.

  • GRIBBINS' MURDER TRIAL: Day-to-day coverage

    Shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, a jury of six men and six women found Christopher Gribbins guilty of wanton murder in the death of David Litsey Jr.

    After handing down their verdict, the jury went into a second deliberation to determine its recommended sentence. Mary Ann McClain Sapp of the probation and parole office testified that the jury could sentence Gribbins to 20-50 years or to life in prison. She added that he would have to serve 85 percent of his term or 20 years, whichever was less, before he would be eligible for parole.

  • Hodgenville man found guilty of wanton murder

    Last week, six men and six women found Christopher Gribbins of Hodgenville guilty of wanton murder in the death of David Litsey Jr.

    The jurors started their deliberations around 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 17, and their decision was announced shortly before 9 p.m.

    “We appreciate the jury’s service and respect their decision,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller said after the verdict.

    Gribbins’ attorneys, Scott Hayworth and James Lowery, both of Lexington, declined to comment.

  • News of record - July 30

    Marriage Dissolution

     The following marriage dissolution has been granted in LaRue Circuit Court in Hodgenville:

    Anthony Helm, 30, and Jessica Lobb, 29, both of Hodgenville. Married 10 years.

    Property Transfers

    The following property transfers are listed as given on deeds at the LaRue County Clerk’s Office in Hodgenville.

    George Owens and Marilyn Owens to Bluegrass Pipeline Company LLC, memorandum of easement and right of way agreement, permanent easement, $10

  • DUI CASE: Judge overrules some motions, to consider others

    Several motions in Sam Sanders’ DUI case were overruled Thursday in LaRue District Court by Special Judge Lisa P. Jones.

    Doug Hubbard, Sanders’ attorney, had asked for the case against the school superintendent to be dismissed due to the release by police of a dash cam video. The tape was shown by several TV stations.

    Judge Jones took the request under submission and will make a written ruling.

  • UNSEALED: prosecutors ask for change of venue in criminal case as city hall love letters come to light

    Prosecutors in the criminal case against former mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback have requested a change of venue.

    The petition, filed Monday in LaRue Circuit Court, says extensive media coverage over the last seven months – including stories in The LaRue County Herald News and The News-Enterprise, radio and television stations – has prohibited the state from empanelling a fair and impartial jury. Cruse also took out political advertisements in The Herald News outlining his defense during his run for sheriff.

  • News of Record - July 23

    DUI

    The following cases of Driving Under the Influence and the resolution of those cases are found in LaRue District Court: ADE is an abbreviation for Alcohol Driver Education, KAPS stands for Kentucky Alternative Program. A service fee is added to all DUIs and court costs are added to all charges. Birth year is in parenthesis.