Hopkinsville, KY – A mistrial has been declared in the murder case against William Herron of Hopkinsville because the statement of a juvenile witness was not provided to defense attorneys until Monday afternoon.
Christian circuit judge John Atkins granted the motion for a mistrial in a closed hearing in his chambers shortly before the trial was scheduled to resume Tuesday.
Atkins scheduled Herron's new trial for November 29th.
Public defender Jessica Godsey said she did not receive a follow-up videotaped statement from a teenager who was with Herron until late in the trial. The teenager was with the accused when Philip Brunson was shot to death June 9th of last year.
Under Kentucky's rules of discovery, prosecutors must submit witness statements to the defense 48 hours before the start of a trial.