The Richmond Register

August 1, 2013

Trial date set in Tribble homicide

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Madison Circuit Court Judge William G. Clouse set a trial date Thursday for the 22-year-old man who is accused of killing his great-grandmother with a hammer.

William Cody Tribble is scheduled to be tried Jan. 13 in the 2008 homicide of 78-year-old JoAnn “Margie” Tribble. The trial is expected to last at least a week.

JoAnn Tribble was found alive July 20, 2008, in the garage of her Teakwood Drive home with a severe head wound, but she later died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, according to police reports.

It wasn’t until Sept. 19, 2012, that Tribble confessed during a police interview to attacking his great-grandmother with a hammer, according to the arrest citation.

Although Tribble was 17 at the time the alleged killing took place, a closed hearing conducted soon after his arrest determined he would be tried publicly as an adult.

Tribble’s attorney, Public Advocate Brian Barker, pointed out during the trial date discussion Thursday that Tribble’s case is not eligible for the death penalty. The most he could receive, if convicted, is life in prison.

In Kentucky, at least one of eight types of “aggravators” must be committed during the commission of a murder for a perpetrator to be subject to the death penalty. Some of those aggravators are rape, sodomy, burglary, robbery, arson, being paid to kill and causing multiple deaths.

Tribble is not facing any additional charges in the murder case.

He is scheduled to appear for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Madison Circuit Court.

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