Five defendants facing either attempted murder or first-degree assault charges appeared Thursday in Madison Circuit Court, and a trial date was set in one of the cases.
Misty Riddell, 20, appeared for a pretrial hearing before Circuit Judge William Clouse. She is charged with first-degree assault in an April 22 stabbing that Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith has said was over a man.
First-degree assault is a Class B felony, punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.
Clouse set a jury trial for Sept. 17, and Riddell’s attorney requested that she be placed under home incarceration. Riddell is six months pregnant, according to the attorney, and Riddell and the alleged victim “were friends at one point.”
Smith argued against any reduction in Riddell’s bond, which is currently set at $100,000. Smith said the woman Riddell is accused of stabbing, Brooke Feltner, was in the courtroom Thursday.
“Nothing has changed (since the last hearing),” Smith told the judge. “... Except the victim can get up and show you the scars.”
Feltner suffered a serious wound to her chest/abdomen area, and also a leg wound, Smith said last month.
The woman underwent surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and spent time in the intensive care unit.
Clouse decided not to change Riddell’s bond.
“The court has considered it and denied the motion,” the judge said.
Rat-poison case continued
William T. Cain, 55, charged with the attempted murder of his wife, had his case continued to Sept. 6. No trial date was set.
“I don’t think this is ready for trial yet,” Smith said.
Attempted murder is a Class B felony with a sentencing range of 10 to 20 years in prison.
Cain was arrest May 6 after his wife, Deborah Cain, reported to police that she believed her husband had put rat poison in a pot of coffee, according to a Richmond police report.
The couple had filed for divorce last year, and during questioning, Cain admitted to police he put poison in his wife’s coffee, according to the RPD report.
Cain’s attorney asked for a reduction in Cain’s bond, which had been lowered last month from half a million to $100,000. He said Cain intended to live on a farm outside of town and stay far away from his wife.
Smith said Deborah Cain was “very much concerned about him being released,” and the farm he wanted to live at was on Red House Road, still close to his wife’s residence in Richmond.
“He’s a danger to the victim; he’s a danger to the community,” Smith said.
Clouse denied the motion for bond reduction.
Identical twins plead not guilty
to attempted murder charges
Identical twins, Elton and Eltron Bailey, 22, were arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and first-degree wanton endangerment. They were both charged with being first-degree persistent felony offenders, which increases the sentencing range on attempted murder to 20 years to life in prison.
Elton Bailey is accused of handing Eltron Bailey the handgun that he fired multiple times at Johnathan Harris on April 12 in downtown Richmond, according to their indictment.
Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Eltron Bailey’s attorney, Brian Barker, asked that his client’s bond be reduced to 10 percent of $10,000.
Smith noted that Eltron Bailey had a “history of violence.”
“This was a shooting of a weapon across Main Street,” Smith said.
Clouse denied the request to reduce Eltron Bailey’s bond, stating he believed the man was a danger to the community.
The Baileys have a another pretrial conference set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6.
Judge denies bond request
in car-wreck assault case
Leslie Lark, charged with first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment in a Feb. 10 car wreck in Berea, pleaded not guilty to the charges at her arraignment Thursday.
A passenger in the car Lark struck, Jeffery Cornelison, suffered “serious physical injury” and a child in the car was at risk as well, the indictment states.
Another pretrial conference was set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Lark’s case.
Lark’s attorney asked that the judge consider reviewing the defendant’s bond. She had previously been out on a property bond but had tested positive on a drug test, he said.
Lark pleaded guilty to contempt of court and had served 30 days in jail. She was requesting the same property bond be reinstated.
“It didn’t work too well the first time, judge,” Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith said.
Clouse denied Lark’s bond request.
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