From the News Edge: Kentucky State Police Detectives have charged 36-year old Ryan Champion with the deaths of his mother, father, and sister. He is also being criminally charged with the death of Vito Riservato. State Police have formally charged Ryan Champion with (4) counts of Capital Murder and (1) count of Capital Kidnapping.............................................................FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Trigg County 20 Calloway County 7 ---- Fort Campbell 31 Barren County 7 ---- Franklin Simpson 40 Hopkinsville 37 (2OT) ---- Mayfield 40 Caldwell County 12 ---- Murray 48 Fulton County 6 ---- Madisonville 56 Apollo 28 ---- Union County 36 Hopkins Central 15 ---- Warren East 43 Logan County 0 ---- Graves County 38 Marshall County 6.

Posted: Saturday, 15 March 2014 7:20AM

Tremel Smith Case Preparing For Trial

The case against a Hopkinsville man accused of murdering a woman and leaving her body on the side of the road will go to trial next week with lawyers finishing motions Friday. In Christian Circuit Court Commonwealth's Attorney Lynn Pryor and Tremel Smith's attorney Craig Newburn argued whether a plastic bag reportedly found on Susan James' dead body could be considered in the trial. Newburn's motion to omit the bag from the trial was based on evidence claiming the bag was found over James' head. Dr. Deedee Schluckebier testified to the way James was found, almost completely nude with two sweatshirts pulled up over her face.

Pryor questioned Schluckebier about James' cause of death.

Despite the evidence and testimony that the bag was not over James' head, Judge John Atkins ruled that the bag should be considered in the trial.

Smith's case goes to trial on March 20th.

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