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Posted: Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:10PM

Recusal Motion Denied In New Life Massage Parlor Murders

Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins has denied a motion for him to recuse himself in the case involving the New Life Massage Parlor murders. Attorney for Ed Carter Brandi Jones noted that Judge Atkins was working for the Commonwealth Attorney's office at the time the case was first investigated.

Leslie Duncan's attorney Stephanie Ritchie asked the Judge to consider comments he made at Duncan's sentencing for tampering with evidence in the same case.

Judge Atkins discussed case law relating to the issue but said that he was never really involved in the case.

Jones then addressed the motion to have Commonwealth Attorney Lynn Pryor's office removed from the case.

Pryor pointed out that Assistant County Attorney Lindsey Adams doesn't work for her office on a regular basis and wouldn't be involved in this case.

Judge Atkins ruled against the motion saying Adams has a limited connection to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

Carter and Frank Black charged with murder in the case of Candida Belt and Gloria Ross at the Oak Grove massage parlor in 1994. Duncan is charged with complicity. Carter and Duncan were Oak Grove Police officers at the time and worked the case.

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