State Not Fighting New Trial In Scott County Murder Case

GEORGETOWN, KY -- The Kentucky Attorney General's Office did not challenge a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court, meaning the man convicted for the 2004 slaying of a pregnant Scott County teen will get a new trial, reports the Georgetown News-Graphic in its Saturday edition.

Roger McBeath's conviction for the murder of Ashley Lyons was overturned Dec. 20 by the Kentucky Supreme Court. The deadline for the state attorney general's office to challenge the ruling was Jan. 9, McBeath's attorney Damon Preston said.

Allison Martin, communications director for Attorney General Jack Conway, said there would be no challenge to the court's ruling, reports the News-Graphic.

"The ruling by the Supreme Court was unanimous; it was a 7-0 ruling," Martin said. "Our at_torneys did not file any motions challenging the Supreme Court's ruling. The ruling was clear."

Preston said he was pleased that McBeath would get a second trial, reports the Georgetown News-Graphic, reports the Georgetown News-Graphic.

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