ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - The absence of a key witness has led
to a second mistrial for a former Fort Campbell military police
officer accused of killing two women in 2007.
Senior Judge Janet Coleman declared the mistrial on Thursday
because the witness had to receive an emergency appendectomy.
Former U.S. Army Sgt. Brent Burke is charged with killing Tracy
Burke and her former mother-in-law, Karen D. Comer, at their home
in Rineyville. The witness who fell ill is the oldest of three
children who were in the home when the killings occurred. He's the
only one that has been declared competent to testify.
Prosecutor Chris Shaw says attorneys are due back in court next
week to decide on a new trial date.
A September trial ended with the same result when it was
realized that a teenage witness had not been called to testify.
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