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Posted: Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:50PM

Lawyers Discuss Confession During Garrett Dye Hearing



Lawyers argued over wording in a transcript Tuesday afternoon at a review of the Garrett Dye case in Todd Circuit Court. Dye's attorney Stephanie Ritchie and Commonwealth's Attorney Gail Guiling asked Judge Tyler Gill to make changes to the transcript of Dye's confession where it read "inaudible". The issue is being debated because the Kentucky Supreme Court struck down Dye's sentence after they determined that his confession was coerced. Ritchie argued previously and again on Tuesday that none of this was necessary because she believes the Supreme Court's decision was that the entire interview was inadmissible.


   
Guiling says the legal definition of confession is clear.


   
Guiling says the Supreme Court also referenced multiple attempts at coercion and therefore an individual mention of the death penalty early in the recording shouldn't make it inadmissible. Judge Gill asked the lawyers to return on April 15th and they will decide on a final version of the transcript. Dye is accused of killing his 9 year old adopted sister Amy Dye by beating her with a jack handle in February of 2011. He admitted guilt to the crime later that year but last year the State Supreme Court overturned his sentence. A trial date was originally set for March 24th then vacated over the issue of the transcript.

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