Judge denies motion to dismiss murder case

Published 9:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2017

Double murder suspect Lonnie Martin wanted to be rid of his Clark County murder case, but the judge has denied his request.

Martin, 44 of Stanton, was charged in July 2013 for the death of his cousin Joseph Martin 18 years earlier.

Thursday in Clark Circuit Court, Judge Jean Chenault Logue said Martin filed his own motion asking that the case be dismissed. A copy of the motion was not available following court.

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In court, Logue said she could not just summarily dismiss an indictment from the grand jury.

Martin has been incarcerated for four and a half years following his arrest in Montgomery County for the death of Winchester resident Kyla Kline.

Shortly after his arrest, Winchester Police detectives interviewed Martin and charged him with murder for the death of Joseph Martin.

Police said Joseph Martin fell from the Washington Street bridge and landed on the railroad tracks. Family members said Joseph Martin was then dragged by a passing train.

Prosecutors in Clark County have been waiting for Montgomery County officials to resolve that case before trying him for Joseph Martin’s death.

The Montgomery County case has been delayed multiple times for a number of reasons including evidence testing delays and attorneys retiring or resigning.

Martin is presently scheduled for a trial in April 2018, which was moved to Rowan County following pre-trial publicity in Montgomery County.

In Clark County, Lonnie Martin is scheduled for a pre-trial conference May 3, 2018.

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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 fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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