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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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