Trial still on hold for 1995 homicide

Published 9:00 am Monday, November 20, 2017

A Powell County man charged with his cousin’s death in Winchester will have to wait longer for his trial.

Lonnie Martin, 44, was scheduled to be tried in January 2018 in Clark County for the 1995 death of his cousin on the railroad tracks near Washington Street.

Martin, though, is also facing murder charges in Montgomery County for the 2013 death of a Winchester woman.

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When that case was postponed again in October, Martin’s Clark County case was postponed as well.

Prosecutors have said they wanted Martin’s other case to be resolved before trying him in Clark County. Martin’s Montgomery County case is scheduled for a trial in April 2018.

On Thursday, Clark County prosecutors took Martin’s case off the trial docket and set a pre-trial conference for May 3, 2018.

Winchester Police reopened the investigation into Joseph B. Martin’s Oct. 28, 1995, death following Lonnie Martin’s arrest in 2013. Detectives interviewed Lonnie Martin, who made statements concerning his cousin’s death, which led to his indictment.

Police said Joseph B. Martin fell from a Washington Street bridge onto the railroad tracks below. Family members say Joseph Martin was then dragged by a passing train.

In 2013, Lonnie Martin was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence for the death of Winchester resident Kyla Kline. Detectives in Montgomery County said they tracked the GPS signal from Kline’s cell phone to the farm in Montgomery County where her remains were found in a shallow grave.

An autopsy determined she was stabbed four times.

Martin’s Montgomery County case has been delayed a number of times for multiple reasons including delays in evidence testing, the resignation of the prosecutor handling the case and the retirement of Lonnie Martin’s own attorney.

He remains in custody in the Clark County Detention Center.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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