Kelley case could get a trial date

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Prosecution could give Ullman an offer

By Kenny Colston

The case of a Pewee Valley woman accused of murdering her boyfriend with a hatchet could receive a trial date, even if lab results aren't in.

At her latest pre-trial conference, an attorney for Gail Kelley told Circuit Judge Karen Conrad she was still awaiting lab results before the case could proceed. Conrad countered that setting up a trial date could speed along the lab process. But a date was not set last week.

Gail Kelley, 51, was arrested for murder on July 6 after police received a report of a possible murder. At the time, Kelley told police she struck Michael T. Evans, 44, in the head with a hatchet, which was found wrapped in a bloody towel in a trash can in the driveway.

Kelley has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, as well as charges of tampering with evidence and being a persistent felony offender.

Mike Head, a detective with Oldham County Police, said during a previous court appearance that officers had been called to Evans’ home for domestic issues several times. Reports were filed three times listing Evans as the aggressor, he said.

Kelley will return to court on March 6, where a date is likely to be set, with or without lab results.

Ullman could get offer

A man accused of raping a 14-year-old friend of his daughter could be one step closer to resolving his case. Ricky Ullman Jr., 32, faces charges of unlawful transactions with a minor, sex act under 16, third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

Ullman was indicted on the charges Sept. 13.

At Ullman's latest court appearance, Commonwealth Attorney Courtney Baxter said she's waiting on meeting with the victim and her family before offering Ullman a settlement in his case. She did not hint at what the offer may be during the appearance.

Ullman has denied the allegations, which happened June 23 at his apartment, while the victim in question was having a sleepover with Ullman’s daughter. His next court date is March 13.