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Murder trial at top of woman's bucket list

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

At 70-years-old, Annette Castle, a retired Lexington nurse is busy not wasting another minute of her life.

"I don't know when I turned 70, I just felt mortal, and I've always had these things I wanted to do before I leave this earth," Castle said.

Castle decided to create a 'bucket list' of things she would like to do before she dies. On the top of her growing list, attend a murder trial.

"I love the Law and order's everyone of them, and I wanted to see if it was like that in real life," she said.

One night while watching coverage WKYT last year, she decided the Donald Southworth Murder Trial was the one she would attend.

"This one just tugged at my heart, I felt so bad for this woman," she said.

Southworth was convicted of killing his wife Umi Southworth in June 2010. The jury recommended he serve life in prison.

"I thought it was an appropriate sentence, I may have been rougher," Castle said.

Castle says, she left the courtroom where she had spent the last two-weeks with a new appreciaiton for the justice system.

"I really enjoyed the process, and I think I will do it again," she said.

With murder trial now crossed off her growing bucket list, she's moving forward, with her sights set on Mamouth Cave next.

"I live just a couple of hours away, and I've never been there, that's going to get done this spring," said Castle.

Several other trips are in her future, from New York City to Washington D.C.

"If I don't do these things now, I may never get a change to do them in the future," she said.

Castle also says, she will attend Donald Southworth's official sentencing hearing late next month.

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