Trial date set for man accused of killing Cynthiana woman

shopkins@herald-leader.comJune 2, 2010 

CYNTHIANA — A judge set a March 21 trial date in Harrison Circuit Court on Tuesday for Bass Webb, who was charged with murder after he allegedly told police he cut off a Cynthiana woman's head.

Webb, of Means, appeared in court Tuesday for a pretrial conference. His attorney, Tom Griffiths, said he might ask to move the trial out of Harrison County because of publicity. Griffiths is with the Department of Public Advocacy's Lexington office.

The trial is expected to last seven days.

Police said Webb was charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly trying to run over two Bourbon County jail employees in July. After his arrest on those charges, police said, he confessed to killing Bryia Runiewicz, 32.

A detective testified in court last year Webb told police he cut off Runiewicz's head. Webb has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and the attempted murder charges.

Webb, who is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center, also is charged with murder in Montgomery County in the death of Sabrina Marie Vaughn. Vaughn, who was in her 20s, was last seen in December 2003 at a home in Bath County and at another residence in Menifee County. Webb was once Vaughn's boyfriend.

He was charged with contempt in Bourbon County for spitting on District Judge Vanessa Dickson during an arraignment on the attempted-murder charges.

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