State Not Fighting New Trial In Scott County Murder Case

GEORGETOWN, KY -- The Kentucky Attorney General's Office did not challenge a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court, meaning the man convicted for the 2004 slaying of a pregnant Scott County teen will get a new trial, reports the Georgetown News-Graphic in its Saturday edition.

Roger McBeath's conviction for the murder of Ashley Lyons was overturned Dec. 20 by the Kentucky Supreme Court. The deadline for the state attorney general's office to challenge the ruling was Jan. 9, McBeath's attorney Damon Preston said.

Allison Martin, communications director for Attorney General Jack Conway, said there would be no challenge to the court's ruling, reports the News-Graphic.

"The ruling by the Supreme Court was unanimous; it was a 7-0 ruling," Martin said. "Our at_torneys did not file any motions challenging the Supreme Court's ruling. The ruling was clear."

Preston said he was pleased that McBeath would get a second trial, reports the Georgetown News-Graphic, reports the Georgetown News-Graphic.

Copyright: The Georgetown News-Graphic

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  • by Helen Location: Kentucky on Jan 19, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I do not know any of the parties but have read every ounce of information about this case and I too believe this case was handled improperly from the start. The witness who was picking up trash supposedly seems extremely fishy and I think was in need of the reward more than true justice. Also to base a case on a jailhouse snitch who would say or do anything to make his situation better was a major injustice in this case. Mr. McBeath does deserve this new trial and hopefully it will be held in a county not even re,otely associated with Scott county so that it will truly be unbiased this time. I do feel Mr, Mcbeaths family should be allowed as much airtime by the newschannels to tell their story as Ms.Lyons family is permitted,or better yet, the newschannels should focus solely on the facts & the case, not the opinions of the families. We were subjected to enough drama during the first trial. So please newschannels keep the drama out of this new trial, so that a true fair trial can be h.
  • by jason on Jan 13, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    there is something about this case that dosn't seem right i read about it and they seem to get someone who help someone who helped someone get this and get that i believe several have been railroaded or something its like the court system went after ever person that he knew and and from all the reports i have seen and read i beleive the high courts did right to get this person another trial


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