The Paris man charged with murdering a 6-year-old boy whose body was found in a car garage in August 2007 will stand trial in Bourbon County, a judge ruled Monday.
Circuit Judge Robert Johnson denied a motion by defense attorneys for Lewis "Buck" Ballard to move the trial out of Bourbon County, according to the Bourbon Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
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Ballard's trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 4.
Ballard has been charged with murder and first-degree sodomy in connection with the slaying of Wesley Mullins of Winchester. The boy's body was found Aug. 4, 2007, in a garage at 1406 South Main Street in Paris.
The garage has been torn down. A building to house a non-profit organization is being constructed to replace the garage and neighboring homes.
Ballard will return to court 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8 for a hearing.