Berea man is charged with murder in Richmond woman's death in 2008

gkocher1@herald-leader.comSeptember 19, 2012 

A Berea man faces a murder charge in the death of a Richmond woman four years ago, according to a uniform citation filed by police.

William "Cody" Boyd Tribble, 22, was arrested and charged Wednesday in the 2008 death of JoAnn "Margie" Tribble, 78. The man's exact relationship to the deceased is unclear, although the citation filed by Richmond police with the Madison County jail listed Cody Tribble as "other family" under a box that says "victim's relationship to offender."

In that citation, Richmond police Detective William O'Donnell said Cody Tribble "admitted to assaulting" JoAnn Tribble with a weapon, which resulted in her death.

Cody Tribble is listed as an inmate on the jail Web site, and the jail released the uniform citation with Tribble's name. Richmond police would not release the suspect's name because he was charged as a juvenile; he was 17 at the time of JoAnn Tribble's death.

Richmond police said they would not discuss the suspect's identity until a juvenile court hearing determined whether the case will be transferred to adult court.

On July 20, 2008, Richmond police responded to a request for medical assistance at JoAnn Tribble's house, 107 Teakwood Drive. When they arrived, officers found her lying unconscious but breathing on the concrete floor of the garage. She had "severe injuries to her head," according to the citation.

First responders initially thought she had fallen, but medical personnel determined that her injuries were not consistent with a fall.

She was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she died of a brain injury the next day, according to the citation.

The state medical examiner's office determined that her death was due to blunt force trauma and classified it as a homicide.

A juvenile was considered as a suspect early in the investigation, Richmond police said in a release. Richmond police Chief Larry Brock would not say Wednesday what connected the juvenile to the crime, nor would Brock discuss a motive.

Cody Tribble was interviewed at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, and he was formally arrested at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, the citation said.

No bond on the murder charge had been set as of late Wednesday afternoon, according to the jail.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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