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Murder Trial Could Wrap-Up Later This Week

An eastern Kentucky murder trial could wrap up later this week.

A man charged in connection with the murder of Brandy Rowe denied his role in the crime and blamed the defendant, Don Reed.

Paul "Spanky" Arnett admitted he's had problems with drinking, drugs, and theft, but said he's never committed murder.

“But I ain't never hurt nobody,” Arnett said.

He says he ended up involved with a murder scene with his good friend Don Reed.

“I didn't know what to do, a girl just got shot all to pieces,” Arnett said.

"Spanky" Arnett says he, Reed, Rowe, and Linda Arnett were drinking in Reed's car on an old strip mine.

He says Reed and Rowe argued first over the radio station and then about drugs.

“He told her to shut up or she'd regret it,” Arnett said.

He says he and Linda Arnett got out of the car to use the bathroom and, “Sounded like gunshots through the window, and you could see it light up like lightning,” Arnett said.

He says Rowe was dead in the car and then Reed told them to keep their mouths shut.

He says he helped Reed dump her body in the creek and then burn the car and their bloody clothes, but Reed's attorney says his whole story is made up.

Defense Attorney Ned Pillersdorf: Spanky, isn't it true that Brandy Rowe died in the presence of you and Linda?

Spanky Arnett: No it sure ain't.

Pillersdorf: Are you capable of telling the truth?

Arnett: I reckon so!

Pillersdorf claims Spanky himself killed Rowe with Linda Arnett when they were drunk and claims they devised a plan to pin it on Reed.

Pillersdorf accused him of lying to get his charges dropped, but Arnett said he's telling the truth to clear his name.

The commonwealth has agreed to drop charges against Paul "Spanky" Arnett in exchange for his testimony.

The charges aren't dropped yet, but they could be when the trial ends.


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