Kentucky

Wife accused of murder goes to trial

MOREHEAD — After a first attempt ended in a mistrial in July, jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a Montgomery County woman accused of killing her husband in 2007.

Pamela Bartley, 58, will be tried for murder in the death of Carl Bartley, 58, a used-car dealer who was found shot to death in the garage of his Jeffersonville home.

The trial was moved to Morehead after a jury could not be seated in Mount Sterling during the summer.

On July 31, 2007, Kentucky State Police went to Pamela and Carl Bartley's house to conduct a welfare check. Relatives had become concerned when they hadn't heard from or seen Carl Bartley in more than a day.

When they went in, troopers found Bartley's body in the garage. He had been shot once in the back of head, and his body was covered by a blanket and cardboard boxes.

More than four months later, Pamela Bartley was indicted on a charge of murder. This is not a death-penalty case because there was no evidence of an aggravating circumstance, such as robbery or kidnapping. Pamela Bartley has been free on bond since December 2007.

Ben Shields, one of her defense attorneys, would not say Friday whether Pamela Bartley will testify.

"I'm not commenting on trial strategy," Shields said.

Special Judge Janet Coleman of Elizabethtown will preside over the trial. She was assigned to the case after the retirement of Circuit Judge William Mains, who had presided over the July trial.

Jury selection is expected to take up most of Monday. At the request of the defense and prosecution, Coleman directed the Rowan Circuit Court Clerk's Office in November to have a jury pool of 120 rather than the 74 originally scheduled.

"To be on the safe side, I'd rather have more than not enough," Coleman said at the time.

Attorneys said last month they expect the trial to take eight days. However, Shields said Friday that it might be possible to complete the case this week.

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