Man charged with killing great-grandmother pleads not guilty

RICHMOND, Ky (WKYT) - It's been a tough four years for the family of Joanne Tribble. But they say the wait for justice has been worth it.

William "Cody" Tribble stayed silent during his court appearance Thursday, allowing his lawyer to enter a not guilty plea for him.

"You cant even describe what everybody around feels like, just the brutal treatment she got from him," said Eddie Tribble, Joanne's son.

Eddie says his mother took care of the man police would eventually charge with her murder. Joanne Tribble was found badly beaten in the garage of her home on Teakwood Drive in July of 2008. She was taken to UK Hospital but would later die from her injuries.

William Tribble was 17 at the time. According to arrest records he admitted to police that he assaulted his great-grandmother, resulting in her death. He was arrested in September.

"Been about five of her best friends died since then, didn't even know who done it, it's just been awful," Eddie said today after the hearing.

Richmond Police say they can't comment on the ongoing case but Eddie Tribble says he's never given up hope that his mother's killer would be found.

"The detective with the city police department, has done a wonderful job. And justice will be done in the end," he said.

Because of the amount of evidence in this case Tribble's lawyer asked for extra time until his next hearing. It's scheduled for February 14.

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