Man sentenced in 2015 killing; Ex-wife, co-defendant hires new attorney

Published 12:04 pm Friday, April 13, 2018

Roger Kinney officially started serving a 15-year sentence Thursday for killing another man nearly three years ago.

Kinney, 50, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence for the May 2015 death of Darryl Wiseman.

Kinney said he hit Wiseman with a rock after the two did drugs together May 9, 2015. Kinney also said in court his wife at the time, Deborah Kinney, helped him move Wiseman’s body to the farm on Twin Fork Lane where they lived.

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Wiseman’s body was found about two months later. Both Kinneys had left the state and were arrested in Ohio.

Deborah Kinney, who, according to her sister Laura Prater, has since divorced Roger Kinney, was scheduled to plead guilty in April to a mediated sentence, but refused and said she wanted to fire her court-appointed attorney. Clark Circuit Judge Jean  Chenault Logue said she could not fire her attorney because she did not agree with the mediated sentence.

After Deborah Kinney failed a drug test, Logue sent her to jail for violating the terms of her bond.

Thursday, Deborah Kinney appeared with a new private attorney, who requested the case be continued until June 14 so he could become familiar with the case and the evidence.

Deborah Kinney was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, which carries a maximum of five years in prison upon conviction.

In April, Roger Kinney testified under oath in court that Wiseman’s death followed an incident two nights earlier when Wiseman pulled a gun and threatened to kill him.

Kinney was arrested by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, but escaped after kicking a window out of the police cruiser. Roger Kinney was sentenced to two years for criminal mischief and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The two -year sentence will run concurrently with his 15-year sentence for manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence.

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