Trial set to begin for Lexington man accused of killing mother, dumping body

Mark Cave
Mark Cave

A Lexington man accused of killing his mother and hiding her body in a Herbie trash container is expected to take the witness stand during a trial scheduled to begin Monday.

Mark Adam Cave, 29, faces 20 years to life in prison if he is convicted in the fatal beating of Sharon Cave-Howard, 54.

He is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card because, according to court documents, he used his mother's credit card after her death.

Cave's attorney, public defender Brad Clark, said that Cave would testify and that other members of their family probably would, too.

Cave made an appearance in Fayette Circuit Court at a hearing Friday to discuss any last-minute issues before the trial, but there were none.

Clark and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn, who is prosecuting, told Judge Kimberly Bunnell they were prepared to go to trial.

Cave, clean-shaven and sporting longer hair than the buzz cut he had in the jail mug shot that was displayed on TV, online and in newspapers, spent about a minute in the courtroom during the brief hearing.

He said little, responding simply "Yes, ma'am" when the judge asked whether he was the same Mark Adam Cave named in the murder indictment.

Cave-Howard's decomposed body was found Feb. 1, 2012, in a Herbie — a wheeled, green trash can common in urban areas — that was hidden in brush where Trade Center Drive dead ends near Fortune Drive.

Cave-Howard's body might have been there for more than seven months. Family members reported her missing in December 2011, but the last time any had heard from her was the previous June.

Cave's trial is expected to last two weeks.

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