Sunday, July 1, 2012

Castle Doctrine Claimed In Pike County Murder

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...A hearing is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Monday morning before Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman regarding a motion made Wednesday by Everett Norman's attorney, Sid Trivette, to invoke the Castle Doctrine in Norman's murder trial. Trivette asked for the case to be dismissed under the provisions of the doctrine. The Castle Doctrine addresses a person’s right to defend themselves or their home with deadly force. Pike County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley says 39 year old Everett Norman of Belcher, who is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 30 year old Jessie Church of Harold, is claiming self-defense under the Castle Doctrine. Bartley says he filed a response Friday to the motion, saying he doesn't think the circumstances addressed by the Castle Doctrine apply in this situation. The case against Norman stems from a June 13th shooting on Pond Creek Road at Draffin. Church was pronounced dead at the scene. Bartley says Norman is claiming that an argument between he and Church took place prior to the shooting, but a witness at the scene of the incident says no argument took place. Norman is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.