The Richmond Register

November 15, 2012

Grand jury indicts man in great-grandmother’s death

Woman’s bludgeoning death ruled a homicide in 2008

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND —

A Madison County man accused of hitting his great-grandmother in the head with a hammer was indicted Wednesday on one count of capital murder by a Madison County grand jury.

William Cody Tribble, 22, was arrested four years after JoAnn “Margie” Tribble was found in the garage of her Teakwood Drive home with a serious head wound. She was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she died later that day, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

While the injury was initially thought to be accidental, an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office revealed JoAnn Tribble’s wounds were “caused by being struck in the head by an object,” according to an RPD police officer.

Tribble’s arrest citation stated that during a Sept. 19 interview with police investigators, he admitted to assaulting JoAnnTribble with a weapon at her home on July 20, 2008.

Tribble originally was charged Sept. 19 as a juvenile since he was 17 at the time of his grandmother’s death. A closed juvenile court hearing was conducted in September, and the judge ordered the case moved to circuit court so Tribble will be tried as an adult, Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith said.

Under Kentucky law, once probable cause is established in a juvenile case, a child 14 or older who is charged with a capital offense, Class A felony or Class B felony may be tried as an adult. First-degree murder, rape and burglary all fall in that category of felonies.

The law also requires the family court judge to consider several factors when deciding whether to move the case to circuit court. Some of those factors are the seriousness of the alleged offense, whether the offense was against people or property, the maturity of the child as determined by his environment, the child’s prior record and the prospects of adequate protection of the public.

A Madison County Detention Center official said no bond has been set yet for Tribble. He previously had been held with no bond because of the juvenile status of his case.

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