Mercer jury convicts man for fatally smothering a woman with pillow

gkocher1@herald-leader.comApril 25, 2014 

A Mercer County jury has convicted a man of murder in the 2009 death of Debora Brooks, 43, who was smothered with a pillow.

The verdict against Paul Estes, 40, was returned Thursday night in Harrodsburg. Sentencing for Estes is scheduled for May 13.

A co-defendant, Megan Brooks, 26, Debora Brooks' daughter, pleaded guilty in 2011 to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter, hindering prosecution or arrest, and tampering with evidence.

Megan Brooks is serving 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charge, five years on hindering prosecution, and two years on tampering with evidence. The sentences are being served consecutively, for a total of 17 years. She was denied parole in 2012 and is eligible for parole again in December, according to the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Estes made a confession to then-Harrodsburg Police Lt. Detective Garry Bradshaw on Aug. 10, 2009, at the Boyle County jail. The statement was made two days after Estes was charged with murder.

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

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