Convicted man's family says he is innocent

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

His family says he is innocent and the judicial system failed him, but the commonwealth's attorney disagrees.

"Malen is the one taking the blame for everything. He's the one sitting in prison for it," said Mitchell's wife Olivia.

Malen Mitchell will be sitting in prison for 10 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the accident that killed 22-year-old Tiffany Adams.

But Mitchell's family says he is being treated unfairly.

"He didn't see any paperwork until about 35 minutes before he was sentenced. By then he'd already taken a plea deal," said Olivia.

They say he admits to hitting Adams' car, but they also say the evidence shows that it was the impact of another car that killed her.

"To say that a person can be impaired, cross the center line, and hit someone and knock them into another object such as a car or a tree and then come in later and say 'well it's the tree's not it's not my fault' is ridiculous," said Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner.

Turner says all the evidence was carefully reviewed before charges were filed, and he says if Mitchell had not hit Adams first the second collision never would have happened.

"I'm confident that the person who was responsible for the accident was charged and has been convicted, and as you know he's pled guilty and admitted that in open court," said Turner.

But Mitchell's family does not agree.

"I hope real justice is served. I hope something comes of this, and he's not the one sitting down there," said Olivia.

Mitchell was transferred to Roederer Correctional Complex in Oldham County.

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