Boyle County Murder Trial On Hold Until January

Jack Caldwell's attorneys visited and videotaped their 82-year-old client at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Tuesday.

Boyle County Judge Darren Peckler saw the tape and decided to postpone the trial until the middle of January, because Caldwell has a staph infection that's highly contagious.

Caldwell gave little or no response to several questions posed to him by his attorneys in his hospital room. And, there's not a clear sign as to exactly when the trial will resume next month.

This is the latest in the series of setbacks, delays, and problems in the trial. The first trial in 2005 ended in a mistrial because of problems with jury selection.

There have been problems with the elevator in the courthouse to get the man to the second floor courtroom.

Defense attorneys want Caldwell to testify in his own defense. They've hinted they may want to tape that in the hospital. Prosecutors want him in court.

Caldwell has been very ill and recovered in time for court before; now, attorneys hope he will again.


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  • by Ann Location: Danville on Dec 19, 2007 at 10:20 PM
    I can't believe these people who are saying Caldwell shouldn't be on trial just because he's sick! If their father or brother or son was the one who had been shot in cold blood by this horrible old man with a grudge then they would want the accused to be punished. Caldwell was a crazy old man who shot Trachsel 5 times because of a ridiculous property dispute. Anyone who thinks he doesn't deserve to be punished is crazy themselves.
  • by smoke screen Location: lexington on Dec 7, 2007 at 05:04 PM
    Let's try something. Tell him he can go home when he recovers from this "ailment" and see how quickly he recovers thinking he will not have to stand trial for murder.
  • by lb Location: rockcastle on Dec 6, 2007 at 04:46 PM
    he should pay for what he done, there is no reason for a man to shoot another five times hopefully justice will be served. my heart goes out to the Trahsel family.
  • by Steve Location: stanford ky on Dec 6, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    it just sickens me too know that the state of ky is putting this man tho this knowing he is so sick and dieing..seeing what i did on 27newsfirst last night and how sick lookign he is i dont think he will make it too see the new year.... and too gale from lancaster when u be sayign stuff like that if it was your father on trial for murder seems too me you should think before you speak... better yet get a life.
  • by Leanne Location: eastern ky on Dec 6, 2007 at 12:36 PM
    I hope and pray this man gets better, I agree with Laura. He needs his rest in the hospital so they should leave him alone and let him recooperate... Then continue with the trial....
  • by Lawman Location: Richmond on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:13 AM
    Looks like the Judge finally got something right. Ephraim Helton & Bill Erwin are top-notch lawyers. If I was the prosecutor I'd probably want this one to just go away.Too much of a risk of the jury agreeing with self-defense & finding the old man not guilty.
  • by CM Location: Danville on Dec 6, 2007 at 10:43 AM
    It sickens me to here people get on here and talk with such negativity for someones life, I know all to well what this man has done and yes he has commited sin but let he has not cast the first stone, we are all capable of forgiveness and its not up to you or I to do, Mr caldwell may have already been forgiven for his sins so why kick a person when they are down when in the end it will make no difference at all
  • by Laura Location: Lawrenceburg on Dec 6, 2007 at 07:09 AM
    Leave this man alone while he is in the hosp. Wait until he is out and better. Don't go to the hospital and bother him while he is on his death bed.
  • by Nancy Location: Lexington on Dec 6, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    I was very disturbed by the video of Mr. Caldwell in the Ephraim McDowell Hospital that was shown on Channel 27 news last night. Even if Mr. Caldwell is guilty of the crime, what happened to his rights for dignity as a human person suffering a slow death in the hospital...what happened to his rights through HIPPA (privacy protection of individuals who are in the hospital.) His lawyer should have been more respectful and should have known better!
  • by Gale Location: Lancaster on Dec 6, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    He's guilty. Let him go to a Prison Hospital. Anyone that shoots someone 5 times meant to kill them.
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