Testimony in murder trial continues

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Testimony continued Tuesday in the trial of three people accused killing an elderly man in 2008 in Bell County.

Police say Deborah Partin, Candy Maiden and Brian Hatfield beat 91-year old William Taylor, who later died from his injuries.

Tuesday afternoon, Joe King took the stand and said he has known Brian Hatfield for awhile. He says the night Taylor was attacked, Hatfield came to his bar in Clairfield, Tennessee.
King testified weeks later he found Hatfield in a cemetery, and claims Hatfield told him what happened to Taylor.

"That he had actually hit Taylor three or four times and said that he was a pretty tough old bird that he kept coming at him," King testified.

King says Hatfield was emotional telling him about Taylor.

"Every time he tried to speak of it, he started crying," said King.

King says Hatfield did not give more details but told him there was blood all over Taylor's home.

"On the couch, on the floor, there was a whole lot of blood," King said Hatfield told him.

Defense attorneys argued King never came forward with the information until years later when he was charged with a crime in Bell County.

"You didn't as soon as you heard it, you didn't go tell police. You waited until you got charged with a crime," said one defense attorney.
"I didn't do it for personal gain," King answered back.

Another man from Clairfield, Tennessee testified Hatfield came to his home that night looking to buy drugs and said he money for it.

A woman who worked at Hillside Market, a store near Taylor's home in Frakes, also testified that Deborah Partin came in the night of the beating and wanted to charge gas because she had no money. The woman testified Partin later came back to the store with $100.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

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