New Trial Ordered in High Profile Scott County Murder

The state supreme court has reversed the conviction of a Scott County man, charged in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

The court ordered a new trial for Roger McBeath in a unanimous decision on Thursday.

McBeath is serving life in prison for the murder of Ashley Lyons. Her body was found in the Scott County Park back in January 2004.

McBeath has been in jail for four years. For all that time, his attorney has been appealing his conviction.

McBeath's attorney, Damon Preston, claims the conviction was properly overturned because prosecutors based their case on testimony from a jail house informant. There are allegations that late enforcement officials used McBeath's cell mate to get information out of him about the murder. Preston claims that violated his client's right to remain silent.

McBeath will have a bond hearing in about a month. If he can meet bond at that time, he could be a free man.

Ashley Lyon's family says they're disappointed with the Supreme Court's ruling, but say they're prepared to do what it takes to make sure McBeath stays behind bars.

A spokesperson for the state Attorney General's office says it will ask for a re-hearing in the case by the State Supreme court. In the meantime, Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw says he is preparing for a new trial.

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  • by Ashley Nichole Location: Georgetown on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    Okay - I had no idea this happened. Somone inform me on the outcome. I cant get a hold of Carol, Chris or Wendy?? Email me..
  • by AmyPeak Location: Gtownnn on Apr 30, 2008 at 11:28 PM
    Alright. you guys are crazy. he should for sure be in prison for life. He s a murderer. and there could be a possibilty of getting out. Personally i think he should be killed. Murdered. Just like he did ashleyyy.
  • by Kelly Location: Lex on Dec 24, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    I am not sure I understand why he got so much time in the first place. In Kentucky I thought killing someone got you 5 years. Shouldnt he be out of jail next year if he has already been there 4 years? Or did he pick the wrong one to kill and got more time?
  • by Leslie Location: Georgetown on Dec 23, 2007 at 04:34 PM
    How in the world can they do this? Because he talked to another person, they're going to let a murderer free! Why? Where is the justice for Ashley and her unborn child? How can they put Ashley's family through this again? It's a sad day when the justice system let's a murderer go free hopefully this won't blow up in their faces. Maybe one day Ashley will get the justice she deserves! He doesn't deserve to be free while they lay in a cold (edited) ground!
  • by BS Location: Versailles on Dec 21, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    This is just wrong. I can't believe this family has to go through this again! His day will come!!!! He doesn't deserve to be a free man or live any kind of life at all. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
  • by Kelly Location: Lex on Dec 21, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    No sane judge would let this guy out on bond.
  • by Nugget Location: Georgetown on Dec 21, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    Before you uneducated (edited) start here are the facts. The Supreme Court of Kentucky would not have ordered a retrial unless this man's rights were not violated according to the U.S. and State Constiutions. In this case it was his 5th amendment rights. Yes, I agree that it is sad that this has to happen, however, that is how our system works and it is not always fair. His rights were evidently violated and he deserves a retrial. Everyone of you (edited) would demand one if this was you, so please don't bash.
  • by Agree with BS Location: Georgetown on Dec 21, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    I can't believe he's going to be up for a bond hearing. I hope this doesn't blow up in their face and he takes off.
  • by BS Location: Morehead on Dec 21, 2007 at 04:45 AM
    What a sad day for Ms. Lyons family. I hope her "justice" is upheld once again. My prayers are with her family and friends, as they face yet another battle fighting for her and her son.


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