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Posted: Wednesday, 11 June 2014 4:00PM

Seth Hooks Enters Guilty Plea In Choat Murder Case



A former cold case murder in Trigg County is headed for a conclusion, following a guilty plea Wednesday afternoon in Trigg Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Woody Woodall questioned Seth Hooks about his guilt in the 2008 death of Harvey Choat.


   
The plea deal made with the Commonwealth is for a life sentence on a charge of Capital Murder, and 20 years in the penitentiary for a charge of 1st Degree Robbery. Hooks will return to court for formal sentencing on August 13th, when he is expected to read from a written statement. Because the charges are considered violent, Hooks will not be eligible to see a parole board for 20 years. Hooks' attorney Julie Mudd says the guilty plea is something Hooks wanted to do.


   
Mudd says Hooks suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as other conditions, due at least in part to a 2006 incident in which he pulled a child from a burning car.


   
In March of 2008, Hooks went to the home of Harvey Choat, on New Hope Road and killed him with a handgun. Hooks then took money and drugs from the home and left the scene. Choat's body was found sometime later. The case remained cold until Hooks was arrested in 2013 for an armed robbery and attempted murder in Owensboro. While in custody on those charges, Hooks admitted to killing Choat.

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