Saturday, June 18, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...6-19-'11
- Friday, a Johnson County judge followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced Donna Wheeler to 14 and a half years in prison after a jury convicted her on the lesser charge of manslaughter in May. Prosecutors say Wheeler shot her ex-boyfriend, James T. Sparks, at her home on Barber Branch in April 2010. The first deputy on scene said he found Sparks dead outside the home, next to the front porch after he was shot in the back. Deputies testified several rounds were fired from the gun. Police say Wheeler and Sparks had a history of domestic violence.
- Former UK basketball star Anthony Epps was arrested early Saturday morning in Marion County for drunken driving, his second drunk driving charge in a year. Epps played for UK 1993 - 1996 and was the point guard for the 1996 NCAA Championship team. Epps is a Marion County native. He resigned from his Marion County High School boys basketball coaching job Saturday.
- Pansy McCoy has been charged with assault and wanton endangerment after police say she shot Jeffrey Maynard on Olivene Drive in the Inez community of Martin County Thursday night. Eddie McCoy admits his wife shot Maynard, but McCoy claims she was only protecting him. McCoy says he and Maynard have fought for months over the driveway between their two homes. McCoy says Maynard was possibly drunk when he was spinning tires loudly in the driveway. McCoy says he walked over to Maynard's vehicle, and Maynard hit him. McCoy says the two kept hitting each other, and, when Maynard was holding him, he and his wife feared for his life. Pansy McCoy then shot Maynard in the arm and forehead.
- Kathy Coy was arraigned in Bowling Green Friday morning, where she pleaded not guilty, after a grand jury indicted her on murder, kidnapping, and tampering with physical evidence. Police in Warren County arrested Coy in April. Police say Coy attacked Jamie Stice with a stun gun, slit her throat and wrists, disemboweled her and removed her baby boy from her body, using a dry wall knife. Coy then went to a hospital in Bowling Green and announced to the hospital's staff that she had just given birth. Coy is scheduled to return to court September 19th for a pretrial conference.
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