Defense attorneys call witnesses in Bell Co. murder trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Commonwealth rested its case Thursday in the Bell County murder trial for three people accused of killing 91-year-old William Taylor in 2008.

Candy Maiden, Deborah Partin, and Brian Hatfield are charged with murdering Taylor. Police say he was beaten during a home invasion and then later died from his injuries.

Thursday, Candy Maiden's attorneys began presenting their case.

Candy Maiden's attorneys claim she did not kill 91-year-old William Taylor in January of 2008.

Maiden's attorneys called at least five women who shared a jail cell with Maiden at the Clay County Detention Center.
The inmates say Maiden claimed she was innocent of the murder charge.

"If someone would ask her what she's charged with, she would say murder, but I didn't do it, and that's all she'd say," said Christy Hornsby on the stand.

"Well, she tells me what her charge is, but it's like, not exactly. Pretty much she doesn't want anybody to be scared of her because she's not that kind of person," testified another inmate.

Two weeks ago, another inmate, Tara Hatfield testified for prosecutors and said Maiden confessed to her, but the defense inmate witnesses say Tara Hatfield and Maiden did not talk.

The women inmates say Maiden never talked about her upcoming court case in jail.

"I didn't ask her business and she don't tell nobody," said Christina Collett.

The attorney asked Lucy Smallwood, "Has she told you other stuff about her case?" "Only that she didn't kill anybody," she answered.

The trial continues on Friday.

Once Maiden's attorneys finish presenting their case, then Brian Hatfield and Deborah Partin's attorneys will call their witnesses.

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