Judge refuses to lower bond for man accused of shooting, killing Lexington doctor

jkegley@herald-leader.comJanuary 20, 2012 

A Fayette Circuit Court judge refused to lower the bond for the man accused of shooting and killing a Lexington dermatologist in September.

Marty Lee Roe, 62, pleaded not guilty to murder, tampering with physical evidence and harassing communications at an arraignment in circuit court Thursday. He is charged in the death of Dr. Martha Post, 55, who was fatally shot as she was leaving her Huegenard Drive practice Sept. 1. Police have said a man they think is Roe was seen on surveillance video approaching Post's van just before the shooting.

Roe's attorney, Public Defender Shannon Brooks-English, asked Judge James Ishmael to review Roe's bond, which was set at $79,000.

Ishmael refused to lower Roe's bond, deeming him a "flight risk" because Roe was found in Ohio about a week after Post was gunned down Sept. 1. He was jailed in Ohio for more than two months after refusing to be extradited to Kentucky.

"Seventy-nine thousand in a murder case is, frankly, pretty generous," Ishmael said. "I am going to make a specific finding that Mr. Roe is a potential flight risk."

Roe is scheduled to court for a status hearing March 16.

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