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Man whose murder conviction was overturned awaits new trial

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Last month the state Supreme Court overturned Southworth’s 2012 murder conviction and life in prison sentence.

Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell presided over Donald Southworth's trial two years ago and will once again hear his case.

We're told before a trial date is set, the Kentucky Supreme Court has to resolve pending motions filed by the Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

We're told there could be a hearing when the case goes to trial again but there probably won't be an arraignment.

Investigators say they found his wife, Umi Southworth, naked and brutally beaten behind their home in 2010. She died a day later in the hospital.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Southworth’s conviction revolved around testimony about Southworth’s sexual history.

The high court also said it overturned the conviction because the Commonwealth's Attorney gave prejudicial proof that Southworth did an unusual sexual act once before, without proving first that the act also happened in this murder case.

Southworth was sent to the Northpoint Training Center after he was convicted. He was transferred back to Fayette County on Thursday.

Southworth declined our request for a jail interview. He is being held without bond.


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