Brian Hatfield testifies in Bell County murder trial

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A murder trial in Bell County has been going on for weeks, and on Friday one of the defendants took the stand.

Brian Hatfield is one of four people charged in the case of the 2008 murder of 91-year-old William Taylor.

His mother testified that he was at home with her the night of the assault.

Defense Attorney: “Has anything ever led you to believe that Brian was involved in the death of William Taylor?
Hatfield: No.

Hatfield recounted the events of that day, saying that he was with Jeremiah Evans and Deborah Partin, two other defendants in the case, scrapping metal most of the day.

“For whatever reason she wanted to go with us so she got in the back and we told her what we were doing and we went,” testified Brian Hatfield.

He also discounted many previous testimonies.

Prosecutor: “Did you tell Scott Mason that you didn't mean to hit him so hard with the pipe?”
Hatfield: “No I didn't.”
Prosecutor: “Did you tell him that you went to rob Bill Taylor?”
Hatfield: “I never told no one that ma'am”

Hatfield testified that he had taken others to Taylor's home that day, but his last words claimed his innocence.

Defense Attorney: “Did you kill William Taylor?”
Hatfield: “No I didn't. I absolutely didn't harm that man in no way. I've never met Bill Taylor. I've never harmed him in any form or fashion. I never wronged him one bit.”

The trial will resume Tuesday morning.

The fourth person charged in the case, Jeremiah Evans took a plea deal earlier this year.
Evans testified against Brian Hatfield, Deborah Partin and Candy Maiden earlier this week.

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