WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A judge once again had to delay the trial for a man accused of breaking into a Versailles home and murdering a six-year-old boy.
Ronald Exantus was scheduled to go to trial on January 2, 2018. On Friday, a judge pushed back that date to February 26.
Police say that on December 7, 2015, Exantus, who is from Indianapolis, broke into a home on Douglas Avenue. While inside the house, a police report says Exantus went to an upstairs bedroom where Logan Tipton was sleeping and stabbed the boy several times. After other children alerted the family to the attack, Tipton's father managed to hold down Exantus until police arrived.
On Friday, the judge met with the prosecution and defense for an hour before the hearing which was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. got underway. During that time, the prosecution took Tipton's family out of the courtroom to talk with them.
The defense filed a motion with the judge to exclude the death penalty for Exantus. The judge denied the motion.
The defense also told the court they are having trouble interviewing expert mental health witnesses, and that the process is taking longer than expected. Apparently, they are two months behind schedule. Upon that news, the judge agreed to delay the trial.
Exantus will answer to murder and burglary charges. The defense says Exantus is mentally ill. The judge ruled he is competent to stand trial.