Friends testify in Bell County murder trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - People who know Bell County murder defendants took the stand on Thursday.

Candy Maiden, Brian Hatfield, and Deborah Partin are accused of beating 91-year old William Taylor in 2008. He died one week later from his injuries.

Tara Hatfield testified on Thursday. She shared a jail cell with Candy Maiden. Last month, Tara Hatfield told prosecutors Candy Maiden admitted to her she was at William Taylor's home the night of the beating.

"She said they got high and that she wanted to go get some money from her ex-sugar daddy so they could get higher. It didn't go like it should've; something went wrong," Tara Hatfield testified.

Maiden's attorneys claim she only told prosecutors this in an effort to get paroled from jail.

Amber Partin Murray, ex-girlfriend of Brian Hatfield, testified he also admitted to beating Taylor.

"He said that he was involved and that he kicked Bill Taylor in the back and in the ribs," she said on the stand.

Brian Hatfield's attorneys argued she never told police this until after they broke-up, and claimed she was trying to get out of going to jail on unrelated charges.

Scott Mason, who says he has known Brian Hatfield for twenty years, testified Brian Hatfield also confessed to him he beat Taylor. Scott says he and Brian Hatfield were in the car together and he asked Hatfield what happened.

"He said he didn't mean to hit him that hard with a pipe," Mason testified.

Mason also claims he heard Candy Maiden talk about the crime when he was at another person's home.

He claims he overheard Maiden say, "They did it and they got a pocketful of money."

The trial continues on Friday.

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