Bourbon County

February trial set in Paris boy's slaying

A new trial date has been set for the case of a Paris man charged with the murder of a 6-year-old boy.

The trial for Lewis "Buck" Ballard will be held Feb. 4. Ballard has been charged with murder and first-degree sodomy of Wesley Mullins of Winchester, whose body was found Aug. 4, 2007, in his grandfather's garage. Ballard had been the grandfather's roommate.

Ballard's trial was previously scheduled for October.

In court Friday, Bourbon Circuit Judge Rob Johnson dismissed the defense's motion to dismiss the case based on destruction of evidence and overruled the motion to dismiss for defects in the indictment and bill of particulars, according to the court docket.

The Commonwealth Attorney's Office said Johnson did not rule on the defense's motion for injunction on fund-raising or development of Wesley's Place in Paris because parties relevant to the motion were not present.

The defense's motion argued that the fund-raising, media attention and construction of a building to honor Wesley "degrades and improperly characterizes" Ballard and hinders his rights, including a right to an impartial jury, according to court documents.