Wisconsin Authorities Question Valentine's Release

New questions today about why a Lexington murder suspect caught in Wisconsin was ever let out of jail in Kentucky in the first place.

Marlowe Valentine and his fiance Jessica Fields were caught after a two day manhunt.

Valentine took off after a Lexington judge let him out of jail for a doctor's appointment. Valentine, who is accused in the 2005 murder of Hector Morales was granted a 7 hour pass from Judge Kim Bunnell. However, the 7 hours turned into a two day search for the couple. Now many, including prosecutors in Wisconsin, are asking questions.

Last week in Judge Kim Bunnell's court, Valentine was granted a medical pass. But a judge in Kenosha, Wisconsin doesn't understand why the pass was given in the first place. The judge also raised questions about Valentine's $20,000 bond, which he said was set entirely too low.

Valentine and his fiance Jessica Fields are charged fleeing and evading Kenosha police.The Wisconsin judge recommended a $500 thousand bond.

In Kentucky, it's at the judge's discretion who gets a medical pass and when. This case isn't the first time a Fayette County judge's leniency in granting a pass has been questioned.

You might remember back 2004. A judge granted David Hawkins a five day pass to attend a funeral in Detroit. Judge Pamela Goodwine didn't see him again until five months later.

Since Valentine's case is ongoing, it's has yet to be determined if any changes are made to how jail passes are issued after this latest problem.


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  • by concerned Location: kentucky on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    this guy had no life threatening medical problems. i know of someone who did and they left that person to become so ill it caused serios medical problems for life and this person was not there for a serious charge. the medical evaluation there is horrific at best. they need to really check into this.
  • by worried Location: ky on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:45 PM
    I agree with Wisconsin this guy should NEVER have been let out for a doctor's appointment. Does his victim get to go to anymore doctor appointments? I can answer that HECK NO! He is dead and by all rights this guy should be on death row in my opinion and eye for and eye. But to be let out for a doctor's appointment who the heck did he bribe... Are you doing the judge!? But to all below remember he wasn't let out of the lexington jail to go see a doctor he was let out of a Lousiville jail by a judge there to see a doctor. Remember!!! He got moved after he got two guards charged with extortion in lexington! Now it makes me wonder if they extorted any money at all. Makes me think that was a set up just to get him moved to get the opportunity to see a doctor so you recon that judge got a brown envelope?! come on judge tell us the TRUTH! Was he good!?
  • by TheOmegaMan Location: DeltaEpsilon on Nov 14, 2007 at 08:29 AM
    How dare they question our stupidity! Isn't our new state motto: Unbridled Stupidity?
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Nov 14, 2007 at 08:03 AM
    I can't believe they didn't just call the fire department and transport him in an ambulance.The jail won't take most people anyway,they let the fire department take of it.....talk about a waste of taxpayers money...ever heard of too drunk for jail???Only in Lexington you do...
  • by Brad Location: Frankfort on Nov 13, 2007 at 01:03 AM
    Just another example of the way to LIBERAL justice system in Kentucky. Why let an accused murderer out of jail to go to the doctor? Does not the Fayette County jail have an in-house doctor? If not, then what are our tax dollars going to throughout this state? Liberalism will be the down fall of this nation.
  • by LindberghBaby Location: Unknown on Nov 12, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    I believe Mr. Valentine was duped by his girlfriend into believing he had been released permanently. Either that or she kidnapped him in such a vile and fiendish plot that Mr Valentine was in fear of his life if he did not comply.
  • by ScottPeterson Location: Folsom Prison on Nov 12, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    You mean that every state does not let their murderers travel with their accomplices for a doctor appointment? This is cruelly inhumane.
  • by J Location: Kentucky on Nov 12, 2007 at 09:28 AM
    Another black eye for KY...like we need something else to enable people to look down on us..Our "justice system" needs to quit molly-coddling these criminals and treat them as such. I always thought that doctors, dentists, etc., came to the prisons unless it was an emergency...what happened to that? Don't we pay taxes for this?
  • by Concerned Location: Scott county on Nov 12, 2007 at 07:20 AM
    the sad thing is that Mr. Valentine had eltronic monitoring prior and never checked in. so, this was the 2nd time he was out.
  • by John Location: Berea on Nov 12, 2007 at 04:36 AM
    Why wouldn't they question his release. A bonehead judge let a man accused of murder out to go to the Doctor? The jail transports people to jail all the time. This reminds me of the case with the guy that got released to Give his son a kidney then went to Mexico. Judges should never let people out for medical reasons, We pay fro those services for the prisoners WHILE IN JAIL.
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