Sparks hearing delayed to 2020

David Sparks

The next hearing for the man charged with murder in Savannah Spurlock’s death has been delayed until 2020.

According to our news partners WKYT, David Sparks' next hearing is now scheduled for Jan. 3, 2020. Defense attorneys said they need more time to look at evidence in the case.

Sparks faces charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. He entered a not guilty plea in early September.

In July, a detective with the Kentucky State Police testified to Judge Bill Oliver that authorities found Spurlock's body covered with a gray accent rug and black garbage bags. The rug and garbage bags matched the material that was found in Sparks' home on Price Court, the last place Spurlock was seen, the night she disappeared on Jan. 4.

Sparks told authorities that Spurlock left Lexington with him and two other men to go to his Price Court home in Garrard County. He’d told detectives the other two men had left, and Spurlock had slept in his bed while he slept on the couch.

After he fell asleep, Sparks told investigators that the next morning, Spurlock had woken him up to ask what address they were at, as if she were getting a ride. Sparks went back to sleep after telling her but later woke up to find her gone, according to the detective's testimony.

The night of July 10, human remains confirmed to be Spurlock's were found on the property of a Fall Lick Road residence after receiving a credible tip about a foul odor coming from the land.

Spurlock's body was found in an “unnatural” position, which detectives testified was found with her feet bound by tape and her body doubled over. Authorities believe Sparks took the rug and garbage bags from his home, buried her in those as well as bound her hands and feet.

Detectives found blood in Sparks' home on the inside of the bedroom closet which matched Spurlock's DNA. Detectives also found evidence at the burial site, which matched what was found in Sparks' home.

A gray accent rug in front of his bedroom closet was located by detectives when a search was conducted on Sparks’ home. The rug was similar in dimension and color to the one that was found with Spurlock’s body, the detective testified.

Jonathan Greene is the editor of The Register; follow him on Twitter @jgreeneRR.

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