Testimony begins in Leslie Co. murder trial

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Five men are on trial for allegedly killing a Leslie County man in 2010. Police said they attempted to make it look like he died in an ATV accident.

Four witnesses took the stand during the first day of testimony.

Police said Norman Adams was beaten to death in October of 2010, and Harold Pennington, Ricky Turner, Lonnie Callahan, Lonnie Ray Callahan and Millard Miniard threw his body down a hill to make it look like an ATV accident.

Family members and others took the stand Tuesday and said they are seeking justice for Adams and his family.

Bryan Adams said his brother left on an ATV that October morning with Millard Miniard to visit Miniard's mother in the hospital. He said Miniard called him around 11 p.m. that night.

“Millard called and said, I don't want to say the exact words, 'Come get your blank blank brother. He is in the blank blank trunk of my car,'” said Adams.

Commonwealth's Attorney Harold Rader asked “Did you recognize Millard's voice?” to which Adams said yes.

When asked what he replied to Miniard, Adams replied “I said if you don't get my brother to a hospital, you will be the one in the trunk of that car.”

He said Miniard told him his brother had a seizure. He said Miniard then called back minutes later and said Norman was staying at Lonnie Callahan's home and he was joking.

Suspect Harold Pennington's attorney questioned an alleged violent past relationship between Miniard and the Adams brothers.

Linda West attorney asked “Millard Miniard would beat up on you and Norman both in the past is that correct?”

Adams said “I have had to push a knife into his belly to get him off me to keep him from killing me.”

When asked if Miniard had beaten up on Harold Pennington, Adams said no.

Adams’ family did not want to comment on camera but his father Silas Adams told us that he simply wants the truth to come out and for justice to be served.

The Commonwealth's Attorney as well as Harold Pennington's attorney did not want to comment.
More witnesses are expected to testify Wednesday morning when the trial continues.

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