LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man convicted of killing a Lexington doctor will spend the rest of his life in prison. A judge gave that sentence to Marty Roe for the 2011 murder of Dr. Martha Post outside her Lexington practice. Dr. Post's family was there as Roe learned his punishment.
A jury made their recommendation of life in prison two months ago, and Thursday a judge followed suit. Roe's attorneys already announced they plan to appeal.
Judge James Ishmael said the evidence against Roe is overwhelming, proving that he is responsible for the shooting death of Dr. Martha Post of Lexington. It happened outside her Lexington dermatology office two years ago. Convicted of murder, tampering with physical evidence, and harassing communications, Roe's fate is now officially behind bars. The harassing communications charge was a result of Roe calling and leaving messages for Dr. Post constantly. His obsession with her was what the jury said drove him to kill her when she didn't reciprocate.
Roe's attorneys tried to reason with the judge to get years knock off his sentence, but the judge wouldn't budge. He says because Roe did not cooperate in giving a DNA sample or a pre-sentencing interview that he felt no need to postpone Roe's sentencing. And the Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson says he couldn't agree more with what happened today in court.
"Of course we are pleased that this yo-yo has been sent to the penitentiary," said Larson. "He deserves it. He's earned it."
Judge Ishmael and Larson both say they have the deepest sympathy for the Post family because of everything they've been through in this trial, especially knowing Dr. Post was such a nice woman.
"The only thing trials ever do for the families is just rip the scab off," said Larson.
Roe's charges will be served concurrently, meaning all at once, because Kentucky law states they must be when one is a life sentence.
Roe has served 771 days in prison already, which is just over two years. He is being credited for that time served. The judge also commented that Kentucky law does not allow the possibility of probation in this violent case.