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Posted: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 4:27PM

Todd Circuit Judge Finalizing Transcript in Dye Case



Todd Circuit Court will again take up the Garrett Dye murder case next month after finalizing a draft of the transcript from Dye's interview with Kentucky State Police Tuesday morning. Dye's guilty plea was overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court after they claim KSP detectives coerced a confession during that interview. Circuit Judge Tyler Gill spent Tuesday morning reviewing the transcript of the interview and reading portions of the interview out loud including parts of Dye's actual confession.


   
Gill also read text that came from the detectives and possibly contained some of the coercive tactics the Kentucky Supreme Court noted in their ruling.


   
Dye was charged with killing his 9 year old adopted sister Amy Dye in February of 2011 with a jack handle. He later pled guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2013 the Kentucky Supreme Court determined that the confession Dye gave to KSP shortly after the body was found was coerced and overturned his guilty plea. Since the Supreme Court's ruling does not specify how much of the interview was coercive or at what point the coercive activities began,

Commonwealth's Attorney Gail Guiling is arguing that evidence that would have been found based solely on the first 30 minutes of the interview should be admissible. Guiling claims that within the first 30 minutes none of the coercive activities mentioned in the Supreme Court ruling had taken place. Dye's attorney Stephanie Ritchie argues that since the Supreme Court ruled that the confession was coerced none of the interview should be admissible.

Gill will hear from attorneys May 13th at 1pm on what portions, if any, from the interview will be admissible when the case eventually goes to trial.

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