Sarah Melton murder trial underway

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Family members say it began with a property dispute and ended with Sarah Melton killing Cindy Caudill and injuring her brother, Bill Couch.
Court documents charge Sarah Melton with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder after a family feud turned deadly in the Brownsfork Community last June.
This case is one that most people have heard about so in the court room on Monday, Perry Circuit Court Judge Bill Engle had to find a jury without a bias.
After five hours of questioning, 14 jurors were selected to listen to the testimony in the case. Once the trial is over, two of those fourteen will be selected as alternates, leaving 12 jurors to decide Melton's fate.
Commonwealth's Attorney Teresa Combs Reed says the prosecutions theory is that Melton intentionally killed Cindy Caudill and intentionally tried to kill Bill Couch.
We were unable to get a statement from the defense team but attorney Gerald Teaster did tell jurors that an important part of their case will be testimony from experts in psychology, implying the defense may claim that Melton was not in her correct state of mind when the crime allegedly happened.
Teresa Combs Reed says the Commonwealth will begin its case against Melton on Tuesday.
Melton faces 20 years to life in prison if found guilty.

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