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A Billy Goat Hill Road man was sentenced this week in Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self’s courtroom to seven years behind bars for enhanced charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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A jury of eight women and four men recommended two life sentences and 30 years behind bars to be served consecutively Friday for Tremel J. Smith.

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Tremel J. Smith was found guilty of murder, kidnapping, first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property and tampering with physical evidence Thursday in Christian Circuit Court.

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If the murder case against two former Oak Grove police officers ever makes it to trial, it could take Special Judge Phillip Patton some time to sort through the 1,500 potential jurors he is requesting from the Kentucky Secretary of State.

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A Hopkinsville man charged with murder and numerous offenses stemming from a fatal high-speed collision last summer will remain out of jail on bond, for now.

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A recorded police interview played Monday during the murder trial of Tremel J. Smith left several questions unanswered, as the defendant maintained his innocence but didn’t give many concrete answers.

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A recorded police interview played Monday during the trial of Tremel J. Smith likely left several questions in jurors’ minds unanswered, as the defendant maintained his innocence but wasn’t able to give many definitive answers.

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CADIZ, Ky. — 56th District Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall granted a defense motion Friday to delay the trial of Ryan Champion and pushed it back to Feb. 20, saying he needs more time to consider whether to allow certain pieces of evidence.

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The trial of 49-year-old Tremel J. Smith resumed Friday in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ courtroom with more testimony from forensic and biological experts who helped with the investigation into the death of Susan James five years ago.

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Testimony on Wednesday centered heavily on policies and procedures of collecting and maintaining evidence, particularly as it pertained to women’s underwear, in the trial of a former factory worker accused of murder.

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Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins granted a 43-year-old ex-convict probation Tuesday after the man gave a solemn account of what he has done to improve his life since he assaulted his girlfriend two years ago.

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The court-martial of an Army major continued Thursday with dueling experts sometimes suggesting the alleged victims’ recollection of events were influenced or evolved over time.

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Those hoping for restitution from the owner of a defunct consignment shop could begin seeing payments as early as six months, after the man was granted felony pretrial diversion Tuesday in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ courtroom.

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Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self went with the jury’s recommendation Wednesday and sentenced a Hopkinsville man convicted in January of murdering his live-in girlfriend to 35 years behind bars.

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The trial of a Louisville man accused of fatally shooting a Hopkinsville man in April 2012 was postponed Wednesday during a motion hour in Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self’s courtroom.

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A 23-year-old Hopkinsville man was sentenced to five years behind bars this week in Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self’s courtroom after pleading guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine and marijuana, and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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An Albion, Illinois, man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ courtroom to charges stemming from a near-collision with police last summer on Madisonville Road.

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Two men accused of making homemade pipe bombs and using them to destroy mailboxes in south Christian County were indicted this week by a Christian County grand jury on charges of third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree use of a weapon of mass destruction and third…

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CADIZ, Ky. — Trigg Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall granted defense motions Thursday and set dates for a new trial and status conference for a man accused in a 13-year-old murder case.

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Information that came to light Thursday during jury selection in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ courtroom led the judge to declare a mistrial just as the trial of two Hopkinsville men was set to begin.

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A 42-year-old Hopkinsville woman facing a myriad of charges stemming from allegations she was complicit in the incest, sodomy, rape and sexual abuse of two children, could soon be released to live with her sister pending trial.

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Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins agreed to lower the bond of a 20-year-old man accused of strangling a 44-year-old woman to death in 2013.

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A Hopkinsville man accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old mentally disabled woman was indicted this week by a Christian County grand jury on charges of third-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse.

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A Clarksville man facing decades in prison for having and spending counterfeit cash instead received a probated sentence this week in Christian Circuit Court after pleading guilty to four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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A motion that could have restricted the language used at the trial of a man accused of killing a 50-year-old Hopkinsville woman five years ago was denied during a Thursday hearing in Christian Circuit Court.

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The trial of a Hopkinsville man accused of child sex abuse and possessing nearly 800 articles of child pornography was delayed until fall following a Wednesday pretrial conference in Christian Circuit Court.

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CADIZ, Ky. — Attorneys for Ryan Champion, the Trigg County man accused of plotting to kill his parents and adult sister before allegedly shooting their killer, were given an extension to file motions pertaining to Champion’s mental health in circuit court on Wednesday.

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A Wildwood Drive man who was bootlegging movies and selling them under the name “Blue Box Productions” was sentenced to five years’ probation this week in Christian Circuit Court after pleading guilty to unlawfully accessing a computer and illegal reproduction and distribution.

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A 26-year-old Clarksville man accused of causing a fatal wreck while driving drunk in February 2010 avoided a second trial Wednesday by pleading guilty in Christian Circuit Court to reduced charges.

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A Hopkinsville man accused of murder is set to be tried again this fall with new representation following a Tuesday pretrial conference in Christian Circuit Court.

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It appears the case of a 30-year-old man accused of murdering his own mother is getting closer to trial, after the presiding judge set a date for a competency hearing Wednesday in Christian Circuit Court.

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A Louisville man was sentenced this week in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ courtroom to five years imprisonment and fined $100 after being found guilty at trial of fleeing and evading, driving on a revoked license and speeding.

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A Pembroke woman was indicted this week by a Christian County grand jury on charges of second-degree criminal abuse, three counts of second-degree criminal abuse (victim under 12 years of age) and four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

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The bond for a woman who allegedly plotted with her boyfriend to murder her husband on a desolate Christian County road was revoked Wednesday in Christian Circuit Court.

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The special judge appointed to a 21-year-old double-murder case involving two former Oak Grove police officers months before his scheduled retirement will stay on for the foreseeable future, even though he made good on his retirement promise.

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A hearing date to review pretrial rulings in a 5-year-old murder case was set Wednesday in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ courtroom, according to court documents.

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A South Iris Drive woman was indicted by a Christian County grand jury this week on charges of two counts of third-degree assault of an officer, third-degree assault of emergency service worker, resisting arrest and DUI.

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A Todd County man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 19 years in prison followed by five years supervised release for multiple charges relating to firearms and possession and distribution of methamphetamine, office of U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. announced in a news release.

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The former owner of a shuttered consignment shop likely could have avoided criminal charges, if only he had come clean about all of the property in his care, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael W. Cotthoff said Thursday.

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The trial of a 43-year-old Hopkinsville man charged with murder and assault, in addition to speeding and leaving the scene of an accident, for allegedly causing a fatal wreck on July 4 has been rescheduled for Oct. 6, according to court documents.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Medicaid commissioner says more than 400,000 people who received health insurance from the state's expanded program will likely not have to pay monthly premiums under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's reforms. But he says they could have reduced benefits.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ These Kentucky lotteries were drawn Sunday:

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