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Mother saw her son's accused killers in court for the first time

Police say three men killed Jonathan Ryan Foley in November of last year.  A fourth man is also charged in connection to the case.  Barbara Foley went to court to see the suspects for the first time on Friday.

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Knox County murder victim's mother saw her son's accused killers in court for the first time.

Police say three men killed 26-year-old Jonathan Ryan Foley in November of last year. A fourth man is also charged in connection to the case.

Those four men, James Wyatt, George Marcum, John Mills and Lonnie Sturdivant appeared in court on Friday.

Beverly Foley, Jonathan's mother, had not been to court before to see the defendants.

"I couldn't bring myself to," Beverly Foley said.

But Friday, she did. "Just got a little more courage. I said I'm going to do this for my son," she said.

James Wyatt, John C. Mills, and George Marcum are charged with murder. Lonnie Sturdivant is charged with tampering with evidence.

They were in court on Friday for the attorneys and judge to discuss recordings of statements they made during the investigation.

"This is the first time I have seen them and it's got me pretty shaken," said Beverly Foley.

Last year, Barbourville Police said Foley was killed at a home and then his body taken and left on a strip mine in Trosper. Police said one of the men might have accused Foley, an Iraq veteran, of being a police drug informant.

"He was really brave. He was a humble person. He was just so giving and being murdered this way is too much of a tragedy you know," said Beverly Foley.

The judge set another pre-trial conference for October 4th to discuss the recordings.

The Foley family says each court appearance is hard on them.

"Seems like we're gonna have to get used to this," said Beverly Foley.
"But we have faith, and this is something we're going to do and show support," said Steve Foley, Jonathan Foley's brother.

They plan to keep coming to court through the trial.

The four defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

None of the defense attorneys wanted to comment on Friday.


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