Retrial date set in pregnant teen's death
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A retrial has been set for April for a Georgetown man found guilty in the January 2004 death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. In October 2004, Roger L. McBeath Jr., 26, was found guilty of shooting 18-year-old Ashley Lyons of Georgetown. Her family said she was meeting McBeath to show him an ultrasound image of the unborn baby. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that McBeath should get a new trial because a jail informant overstepped his bounds by questioning McBeath in jail about the shooting and the defense was not allowed to question the accuser, in violation of McBeath's Sixth Amendment right. The retrial was scheduled for April 17, the commonwealth's attorney's office said. The next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6.
State to give $150,000 for riverfront-development study
The state will provide up to $150,000 to help the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission to conduct a riverfront-development study of the Frankfort area. Gov. Steve Beshear pledged the money from the Land Acquisition Account, which is managed by the Finance and Administration Cabinet and has been used in the last 10 years to purchase several riverfront parcels in the Frankfort area. The study area will include land along the Kentucky River as it runs through the capital city, from the Julian Carroll Bridge to the Buffalo Trace Distillery. It is the first step in a plan to make the river the centerpiece for revitalizing Frankfort.
Term is 25 years in rape case
A 58-year-old Lexington man convicted of rape charges was sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison. It took a jury an hour in March to convict Roy Dence Humphrey on charges he sexually exploited a 15-year-old girl in Fayette County. From June to August 2006, Humphrey coerced the girl into engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purposes of videotaping the act, according to federal investigators. Humphrey had a previous conviction for second-degree rape involving the abuse of a girl over a seven-year period, federal prosecutors said. He was sentenced to ten years in prison in April 1993 on the rape charge, but was released in May 1998.
Shots fired during apparent attempt at break-in
A man apparently trying to break into a north Lexington apartment overnight partially kicked in the front door before firing two rounds into the door, Lexington police said. No one was injured, but a man and woman were inside the apartment on Chiles Avenue at the time of the shooting, about 4:30 a.m., said Lexington police Lt. Mario Russo. The man, who never entered the home, fled in a vehicle. Anyone with information about the shooting should call police at 258-3700.
Burglary suspect arrested
A burglary suspect has been detained after evading officers for nearly two hours, police said. A homeowner on Folkstone Drive arrived at her house about 2:15 p.m. to find a man loading her belongings into his truck. The burglar had entered through the back door. Officers used a Taser on a suspect they said tried to flee the home through a bedroom window, but the suspect pried the Taser from his body and escaped. A suspect was arrested by police on Patchen Drive about 4 p.m. with the aid of a canine unit and search helicopters. Police would not release the name of the suspect Monday night.
Staff, wire reports