The Richmond Register

Crime

October 6, 2013

Couple indicted on 20 sex crime charges granted trial delay

RICHMOND — The trial for a couple accused of numerous sex crimes involving two children has been delayed.

Eric Nelson Kelley, 30, originally was charged earlier this year on a variety of sex crime offenses involving a 11-year-old child. Deanna Lawson, 33, was charged as complicit in those crimes.

However, in late August, new evidence led to the couple being charged with sex offenses involving a second child. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith said the child did not tell authorities about the alleged crimes until Lawson and Kelley were in custody.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred from October 2011 to September 2012.

Kelley is indicted on eight counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape, nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of using a minor in a sexual performance.

Lawson was indicted with complicity to Kelley’s 20 charges. Kentucky law treats complicity the same as committing the crime, and she is subject to the same penalties as Kelley if she is convicted.

First-degree rape and first-degree sodomy are Class A felonies, punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison.

Because of the new charges added to the indictment, Kelley’s defense attorney filed a motion to continue the case. The couple was scheduled for trial Oct. 28.

Judge Jean C. Logue granted the motion Thursday, and she scheduled a status hearing in the case for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

Attorneys also discussed seeking records from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the schools the children attended.

In a separate case, another person, 59-year-old Robbie Uhrin, has been charged with first-degree sodomy involving one of the children. He is scheduled for a competency hearing at 9 a.m. Monday. Competency hearings are closed to the public.

Kelley and Uhrin were both arrested Nov. 19 by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Uhrin was released Jan. 3 on a $10,000 bond, but Kelley remains in jail.

Lawson was arrested Dec. 28 and also remains in the Madison County Detention Center.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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