LEBANON, Ky. (WKYT) - It hasn’t been an easy three weeks for Anthony Rakes’ sisters.
“I wake up every morning, thinking I am dreaming. Thinking about it. It is not a dream,” said Regina Ewing, after seeing the man police say murdered her brother, Marion Co. Deputy Sheriff Anthony Rakes.
Rakes was killed when police say he spotted a stranded car along US 68 near Lebanon. DeWayne Shipp was the driver and police say he shot Rakes twice in the abdomen and torso area. Rakes died later at the hospital. Shipp was arrested a short time later.
“We lost our brother and he’s going to be sitting in a jail or prison. Eating three meals a day while we are in pain and suffering,”said Ewing.
Shipp has been held at the Ky. State Reformatory since his arrest. There he has undergone treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound police say he received sometime after Rakes was killed.
Shipp was brought into court Thursday morning handcuffed in a wheelchair, wearing a bright orange jumpsuit with his leg extended in a brace.
A September 23rd trial date was set. Rakes family members say they don’t want to have to wait that long.
“I think it’s just too long to wait. Something should be done sooner,” said Ewing.
The long wait is likely because the jury that will be chosen to hear the case could have the option of the death penalty…if Shipp is found guilty. Rakes sisters say they have mixed feelings about the capital punishment option.
“My personal opinion I don’t think I want to. Because I don’t think that is what God would have done,” said sister Anita Elder.
Shipp’s attorney entered a not guilty plea for him Thursday morning. He’ll be back in court January 10th.