Slaying of lexington dermatologist

Suspect in Lexington doctor's slaying enters plea of not guilty

doctor killed outside her office in September

jwarren@herald-leader.comNovember 19, 2011 

The man accused of gunning down a Lexington dermatologist outside her Huguenard Drive office pleaded not guilty Friday.

Public defender Shannon Brooks-English waived formal arraignment for Marty Roe, who appeared via video in Fayette District Court, and entered the plea on his behalf. A preliminary hearing in district court is scheduled for Tuesday.

Brooks-English said she had not had an opportunity to discuss Roe's case with him.

Friday's arraignment was the first court appearance Roe has made in Kentucky. Roe, who was being held on the charges by authorities in Ohio, was extradited to Kentucky on Thursday night.

Roe, 65, is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Dr. Martha Post, who was shot multiple times Sept. 1.

Fayette District Judge Joseph T. Bouvier, noting that Roe had been extradited from another state in a homicide case, issued a finding that Roe was a flight risk and a potential danger to others.

Lexington authorities had been trying to get Roe back to Kentucky for more than two months. He fought extradition.

After Post's shooting, a Lexington police investigation quickly focused on Roe, a transient whom Post and her husband, Dr. Robert Truitt, had once befriended and invited to their home for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Truitt said Roe had been stalking his wife.

Officers obtained a warrant for Roe on Sept. 8, within hours after he was arrested by a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Ohio on harassment charges.

Post complained to Lexington police in June 2010 that she received numerous unwanted phone calls from Roe, who had done renovation work in the building where her office was. According to police records, Post said Roe wanted her to leave her husband and be with him.

Post was shot soon after 7 p.m. Sept. 1 as she was backing her van out of the parking lot at her medical office. The van then rolled into a car on Huguenard Drive. Post was pronounced dead about an hour later. She had multiple wounds to the head and torso.

Roe is being held at the Fayette County jail.

Reach Jim Warren at (859) 231-3255 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3255.

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