Franklin County

Frankfort murder trial postponed; key witness can't be located

This photo of Tomma Graves and her children is displayed in Graves' mother's living room. Graves, a victim's advocate, was found shot to death Aug. 2 in Frankfort. A trust fund has been set up at a Frankfort bank for her children.
This photo of Tomma Graves and her children is displayed in Graves' mother's living room. Graves, a victim's advocate, was found shot to death Aug. 2 in Frankfort. A trust fund has been set up at a Frankfort bank for her children.

FRANKFORT — The start of a murder trial was postponed until Monday because a crucial prosecution witness can't be located.

The trial of Alastair Martel Couch was to begin Thursday, but Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate postponed it until 9 a.m. Monday.

Couch is charged with murder in the August 2010 shooting death of Tomma Graves, 37, who was found dead in a pickup truck in the 300 block of Washington Street in Frankfort. Graves had worked with the commonwealth's attorney's office and the county attorney's office since 2007.

Special prosecutor Ray Larson declined to identify the witness.

A 14-member jury of eight men and six women was selected on Wednesday. The jurors have not been sworn in.

Wingate told the jury not to digest any news about the case.

In addition to murder, Couch is charged with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender.

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