Tommy Baldridge Takes The Stand In Murder Trial

A man who took a plea deal in the murder of a former eastern Kentucky constable takes the stand against the other man charged in the case.

A jury listened to testimony from Tommy Baldridge, who is pointing the finger at Christopher Fairchild.

This was a case of one man's word against another man's word. Tommy Baldridge took the stand against his former friend Chris Fairchild and says he shot James Mollette and then threatened to kill him if he did not slice Mollette's throat.

Fairchild's attorney argued Baldridge was the one who did the killing.

Tommy Baldridge and Christopher Fairchild haven't seen each other in almost two years, but they came face to face in the courtroom for the first time since police say they killed former Johnson County Constable James Mollette at his home.

“I didn't go there with the intentions of killing anyone,” Tommy Baldridge said.

Baldridge testified they bought drugs from Mollette before, and says they went to his house that day in September 2006 to get drugs and Fairchild was going to sell Mollette a gun.

Baldridge says he waited outside.

“I heard a gunshot,” Baldridge says he went to see what happened and found Mollette shot.

“Chris was standing on the porch and had a pistol pointed out at me,” Baldridge said.

He says Fairchild threatened to kill him to if he didn't finish killing Mollette.

“He held a pole ax up to me and told me I was going to take that ax and go in there and cut Mr. Mollette's head off, or I was going to lay beside him if I didn't,” Baldridge said.

Baldridge testified they then took Mollette's wallet, money, drugs, and left on Mollette's ATV, but Fairchild's attorney argued he's lying, and accused him of killing Mollette alone and then blaming Fairchild to get his plea deal for a lesser sentence.

Baldridge says he's telling the truth.

“Cause I felt that what happened was wrong. I didn't think I was gonna go to jail because I didn't do nothing wrong,” Baldridge said.

Prosecutors told Baldridge while he was on the stand, he could change his story and keep his 25 year plea deal, but he said his story is the truth.

Now that Baldridge testified against Fairchild, he's lived up to his plea deal and is expected to be sentenced to 25 years later.

Fairchild's trail continues Tuesday.

Court officials think the trial will last a week.


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  • by Heather Location: P-Burg on Jul 11, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    Tommy admitted to killing him, and his DNA was found too so why is Christopher still being held in jail ?
  • by james Location: boonscamp on Jul 11, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    how do u kno for a fact he didn't do it he was a local who sold James out and James called a hit on him i know this because i am kin to Mollete he was killed for a reason though but chris did it so did tommy they knew wut they were doing tommy did the dirty work tho chris wore gloves because he was smart
  • by cassie Location: knott county on Jul 11, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    I think they should let Christopher free. They were DNA found on James Mollett's body from Tommy, but there was none found on James from Christopher, sound to me like we now know who the real criminal is. I would take a plea deal too if I did it, to save my own a** from going to jail. I know for a fact he didn't do it. Set Christopher FREE.
  • by troy on Jul 10, 2008 at 10:14 PM
    There is no proof that chris fairchild killed james, no dna or anything. Just one man's word against another,how can a judge or jury convict anybody, let god decide his punishment.
  • by DC Location: Hazard on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:37 AM
    I don't like it when one person testifies against another to save his own behind. Judas is one of the most despised people in the Bible. This pleas bargain stuff smacks of inadequate effort in the prosecutor's office. This man's testimony should be discounted as such.
  • by troy Location: paintsville on Jul 7, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    The fairchild boy i think did not do it because it doesnt make since what tommy is saying, he is just covering his back side.

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