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Posted: Wednesday, 16 July 2014 4:50PM

Bond Denied In Smith Hearing



Yet another bond motion has been denied for the man accused of killing a Hopkinsville woman and dumping her on the side of the road. Attorneys for Tremel Smith called for the hearing before Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins Wednesday morning to request pretrial release for Smith. Prior to arguments getting started, Commonwealth's Attorney Lynn Pryor ask the judge about jurisdiction in the case.


   
Smith's attorney Cheri Riedel argued that this was not the same motion previously heard.


   
Judge Atkins denied the request.


   
When pressed to set a trial date, Judge Atkins noted that it was an effort in futility due to the appeal. Smith's attorney Craig Newbern again pushed for a trial date claiming that the Commonwealth has held the case up.   


   
Pryor argued that the defense had asked for several continuances early on.


   
Judge Atkins ended the hearing with his ruling.


   
Smith is accused of killing Susan James and dumping her naked body on the side of Christian Quarry Road in March of 2011.

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