Murder suspect gets 2018 trial date

Published 11:31 am Friday, April 14, 2017

Twice-charged murder suspect Lonnie Martin has another Clark County trial date.

The Stanton man recently filed a hand-written motion for a speedy trial in his Clark County murder case, where he is charged with killing his cousin Joseph Martin in 1995.

Thursday, Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue scheduled his trial for Jan. 22, 2018, in Winchester.

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Clark County prosecutors have always planned to see how Martin’s murder case in Montgomery County resolves before attempting to try him here.

Last month, the Montgomery County judge set an Oct. 16 trial in that case, which stems from the July 2013 death of Winchester resident Kyla Kline.

Both trials have been postponed multiple times for a number of reasons including delays in evidence testing, retirements and resignations of attorneys and publicity from another incident leading the judge to move the murder trial to Rowan County.

Martin’s Clark County indictment followed his arrest for Kline’s death. During an interview with Winchester Police detectives, he reportedly made statements which led police to reopen the investigation into Joseph Martin’s death.

Joseph Martin died after falling from a bridge on Washington Street Oct. 29, 1995. Joseph Martin was then struck by a train on the tracks below. At the time, investigators suspected foul play but lacked the evidence to file charges.

In Montgomery County, Lonnie Martin is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence for Kline’s death. Her body was found buried on a farm along the Clark-Montgomery county line about a month after she was reported missing.

Police used GPS coordinates from Kline’s cell phone to locate the farm, and cadaver dogs found her remains.

An autopsy showed Kline was stabbed four times.

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