Third day of testimony in Bell County murder trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Testimony continued for a third day in a Bell County murder trial.

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

Francis Partin, no relation to Deborah Partin, testified she had a conversation with Deborah Partin about the night Taylor was beaten in his home in Frakes.

"She said she cut the phone cord when she heard him say he was calling the cops," Francis Partin testified.

Francis Partin also testified Deborah knew Taylor had a severe head injury.

"She said she did not put that gash on his head when they hit him. He fell into the cabinet and that's what gave him the gash on his head," Francis Partin testified.

Defense attorneys argued she did not take Deborah Partin to police or even tell police of this conversation when it supposedly happened.

In taped police interviews from 2010, Deborah Partin told detectives she had nothing to do with Taylor's beating.

"I can't tell you something I don't know," Deborah Partin said on the tape recording played in court.

A woman who owns a gas and grocery store testified Deborah Partin tried to cash a check from Taylor at her store the same week Taylor was in the hospital after the beating.

"It had Jenny Partin's name on it, and it was on William Taylor's check, and I know it was not Mr. Taylor's writing," the woman said.

The woman claimed Deborah Partin said Jenny Partin was her sister.

In the taped police interviews, Deborah Partin claimed she borrowed money from Taylor.

The murder trial continues on Thursday.

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