The Richmond Register

November 2, 2012

Judge denies temporary release request for pregnant inmate

Riddell accused of stabbing another woman April 22

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse denied a felony assault defendant’s request Thursday to leave jail for five days so she may consult a high-risk pregnancy specialist.

Misty Riddell, 20, appeared in court for a status hearing. She is due to deliver her child in two weeks, her attorney told Clouse.

Riddell is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Brooke Feltner in the chest/abdomen area and in her left arm on April 22, according to a Richmond police news release. Feltner underwent surgery at the UK Medical Center and spent time in the intensive care unit, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith. Smith said Riddell had stabbed Feltner “over a man.”

Riddell originally was charged with attempted murder, however a Madison County grand jury indicted her on a charge of first-degree assault, which carries the same penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Riddell’s attorney asked the judge to allow her client to be released Thursday on a $10,000 unsecured bond signed by the defendant’s mother. Riddell wanted to obtain a medical card today and then see a high-risk pregnancy specialist Monday. She would then turn herself back in after the appointment, the attorney said.

Smith opposed the request, stating the whole reason Riddell was being kept at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Peewee Valley was so she could get obstetric care.

“They have fine facilities down there, so I’ve heard,” Clouse said.

Riddell may need an additional procedure after she delivers her child, the defense attorney said.

Clouse said if medical testimony or evidence were presented to the court that showed the Peewee Valley facility could not care for Riddell properly, “then I would consider the approach you have suggested.”

However, no such evidence was produced at the hearing.

“I don’t see the reason for doing this,” Clouse said.

A status hearing in the case was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Riddell originally was set for trial Sept. 17, but it was pushed back because both the prosecution and defense were not ready to try the case.