A Kentucky judge is weighing whether a same-sex couple qualifies for the privilege of not testifying against a spouse in a slaying case in Louisville.
The question arose in the case of Bobbie Joe Clary. Clary is charged in the Oct. 29, 2011, murder and robbery of 64-year-old George Murphy, accused of fatally wounding Murphy with a blunt object in his Portland home.
Clary is claiming self-defense, saying that Murphy was raping her and she fought back by hitting him in the head with a hammer.
The Courier-Journal reports Clary and partner Geneva Case were legally married in Vermont in 2004. Kentucky doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.
City officials in Elizabethtown say Mayor Tim Walker died unexpectedly early this morning.
Hardin Memorial Hospital issued the following statement: "It is with deep sadness that we inform the community of the passing of Mayor Timothy Walker this morning at 5:33 a.m. at Hardin Memorial Hospital. At this time, please keep the Walker family in your prayers. At the request of the family, please respect their privacy.”
Walker’s body is being transferred to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.
Walker was 54 years old. Before being elected mayor in 2010, Walker was a former city firefighter, a city councilman, and businessman.
A former pharmacy worker and two other Allen County residents were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green. The trio is charged with conspiracy to distribute pain medicine that was stolen from a pharmacy by a former employee.
According to the seven count federal indictment, 46-year-old Lynn Harper Denton, who worked at Stovall’s Pharmacy in Scottsville, conspired to sell more than $5,000 worth of stolen Hydrocodone.
Also charged in the indictment are two other Allen County residents, 34-year-old Katherine Virginia Rookstool and 47-year-old Jeffrey Clay Stinson.
If convicted at trial, each defendant faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.