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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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