A Cadiz woman who has been indicted in the death of 81-year-old Thelma Barnett will have a new court appearance before Trigg County Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall in September.
Keisha D. Stewart appeared before Woodall on July 14, when her attorney revealed a conflict in representing Stewart.
Stewart likely will have a new attorney in September.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins said Stewart faces three separate indictments and three cases, of which the arson case involving the death of Barnett is only one.
Ovey-Wiggins said Stewart will appear before Woodall again on Sept. 8, and all of her cases will be addressed at that time.
Stewart is scheduled for three pretrial conferences at 2:15 p.m. on that date, one related to her complicity in Barnett’s death, another related to several charges of theft and the third, to the fraudulent use of a credit card.
In the case related to the death of Barnett, Stewart’s charges include complicity to arson, complicity to the abuse of a corpse, complicity to tampering with physical evidence and complicity to burglary, second degree.
Additionally, in two separate cases, Stewart is also charged with fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000 and with two counts of theft by unlawful taking of an automobile and theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more.
A private attorney is addressing the theft charges, while her new attorney will address both the credit card charges and the arson and burglary charges related to Barnett’s death.
Barnett, who lived on Will Jackson Road in Cadiz, died on Sept. 16, 2020, at her home. The house had been set on fire, and Barnett’s body was discovered the following morning.
The medical examiner determined Barnett died of foul play.
Jonathan R. McCoy of Trigg County was indicted by the grand jury in March for multiple offenses related to Barnett’s death.
Those charges include murder, kidnapping, victim’s death, a second degree of arson, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse and burglary, first degree.
His next court date in the matter of Barnett’s death is a pretrial conference slated for 2 p.m. Oct. 13.
Additionally, McCoy has a second pretrial conference at that same time for separate charges that include tampering with physical evidence, buying and possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), intent to defraud/scheme/artifice to obtain benefits greater than $10,000 and display of an illegal or altered license plate.
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