A man who pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge in connection with a shooting in Frankfort skipped his sentencing hearing Friday, and a warrant is out for his arrest.
Frank Robert Witkowski and another man who has not been identified were both involved in a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded last September, said Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland. He described the situation as "a drug transaction that went bad."
During the altercation, Obie Murphy, 40, of Shelbyville, was shot and later died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Gregory Bell, of Frankfort, was wounded.
Witkowski, of Detroit, "got beat up pretty good" himself; Cleveland said he was apprehended after being found bleeding and partially clothed after the altercation.
Witkowski pleaded guilty to first-degree assault under extreme emotional disturbance, Cleveland said, but he has "not cooperated to the extent that we wanted him to" in helping identify the other man involved.
Witkowski got permission to return to Michigan until sentencing, Cleveland said, because "we were hopeful that he would lead us to the second participant in this crime." Witkowski is probably in the Detroit area, Cleveland said.
Attorneys have recommended that he serve a five-year sentence for the assault.