Charges Dropped In Pike County Murder Trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

All charges are dropped. That's what a judge decided Friday morning in a Pike County murder case.

We may never know what happened to Greg Flemming on top of an ATV trail almost two years ago. Police found a burned car with his body inside in June of 2005. They charged both Corey Chaney and Arthur Adkins with murder. In September, a jury found Chaney not guilty, creating an outburst from Flemming's sister.

During the trial, Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley argued Chaney killed Flemming alone, and tried to blame Adkins.

"When it comes time for the true murderer to pick somebody the police might believe did the killing, he picked somebody that looked like a killer," Bartley said in September of 2005.

With those statements on the record, Bartley doesn't think he can now try Adkins for Flemming's murder.

"The court is aware of my arguments and proof in the case, but in my opinion, I would be unable to prove this defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," Bartley said.

He asked to dismiss the murder charges, against the wishes of Flemming's family.

"They don't necessarily agree with it, but I've got to do what I think is right and what the law demands in this case," Bartley said.

Judge Eddy Coleman dismissed both the murder charge and a gun possession charge. Flemming's sister was in the courtroom again, but stayed quiet and out of sight this time. She was upset the charges were dropped, but didn't want to talk on camera.

Adkins wasn't allowed to go free. He still has several felony illegal gun possession charges pending in federal court.

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