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The case is Commonwealth VS Frankie Covington.  He is serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and sexual assault of Sharon Muse in 2006.

April 19-25, 2015 is National Crime Victim Rights Week and to acknowledge that we are talking to a crime victim about her path through the criminal justice system.  Sharon Muse has a unique perspective given that she is an attorney who was kidnapped and assaulted by a past client.  Even with her knowledge of the law and court systems, Sharon was shocked by lack of rights a crime victim has in the criminal justice process.  Sharon’s case started in 2006 and was not resolved until 2011 and during that long path through the criminal justice system, Sharon faced many hurdles unfortunately common to crime victims in Kentucky.  Now Sharon is doing everything she can to bring attention to crime victim’s rights and teach others how to protect themselves or fight back when they are being victimized; by criminals or by the system.  This week Sharon is launching a website dedicated to helping others if they have been victimized or helping them avoid victimization all together: www.ownyourmoment.org

  Victim: Sharon Muse

      Defendant:  Frankie Covington

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Tomorrow on American DA LIVE!

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Tomorrow on American DA Live Ray the DA and Special Guest Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard will be discussing Lexington Criminal Justice and Safety News! We are very excited about this show Crime Fighters!  Tune in to NewsTalk590 WVLK at 9 AM.

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Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard

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Fayette CW Attorney Ray Larson

 




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Tomorrow on American DA Live we will be discussing the Robbery Homicide Unit and the types of cases that they work! We will also be talking about what defines a cold case and at what point it becomes a cold case! Our special guests will be Detective Chris Schoonover and Lieutenant Brad Ingram.  Stay tuned Crime Fighters!

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Detective Chris Schoonover

 

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Lieutenant Brad Ingram

 




Brandon Bailey Claimed Self-Defense in a 2012 Murder

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Today on American DA Live we discussed the December 2012 homicide in the Cardinal Valley area.  The suspect turned himself in  at a news station about a week later, admitted the shooting, and claimed self-defense.  Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Laren, and Detective Dawn Dunn will be talking about the investigation and trial.

 

 




Tomorrow on American DA Live!

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Tomorrow on American DA Live we will be discussing the Decemeber 2012 homicide in the Cardinal Valley area.  The suspect turned himself in about a week later, admitted the shooting, and claimed self-defense.  Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Laren, and Detective Dawn Dunn will be talking about the investigation and trial of this case! Stay tuned crime fighters.  This is going to be a great show!

 

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Detective Dawn Dunn

 

 

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Defendant Brandon Bailey




Part two of the La Fonda Fay Foster and Tina Powell murder case!

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 A six week trial concluded with the jury finding each defendant La Fonda Fay Foster and Tina Powell Guilty of all five murders! Foster was sentenced to Death and Powell to Life without Parole for 25 years. Due to an issue of Foster’s case her sentence was reversed about 5 years after the murders and she was sentenced to Life without Parole.




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We will have part two of the show we had last week involving the case of La Fonda Fay Foster and Tina Powell. Retired Detective Fran Root will be joining us again.  We will be talking about the Jury Trial part of the case and what punishment they received after the trial was conducted.  The trial lasted six weeks and many witnesses were called in the process.  Tina Powell didn’t really say much during the Guilt Phase of the Trial and neither did her attorney.  Foster’s attorney crossed witnesses and vigorously defended her in trial stating that she had a really rough life and childhood.  Tina Powell actually wanted to plead guilty before the trial took place so she would not receive the Death penalty but the Judge overruled that and it did not happen.  Foster wanted to prove she committed these crimes due to Extreme Emotional Disturbance due to her past, that did not work with the Jury.

The Jury had two choices , find the Defendants guilty of the murders or not guilty.  They deliberated for 2 ½ hours and found both Defendant’s Guilty of the five murders.  Next was the Penalty Phase of the Trial, to determine the amount of time each defendant would receive for the hideous crimes they had committed!  Witnesses were called by Defense and testimony was taken.  Tina Powell never denied that she had killed these people but used the excuse that La Fonda Fay Foster made her do it and was the ring leader.  The Jury heard all the testimony and went to deliberate once again.  They were out for a little over a day to decide on the sentence of time to give to the defendants.  Ultimately they sentenced Tina Powell to Life without parole for 25 years and La Fonda Fay Foster was sentenced to Death.  Foster’s death sentence was reversed in 1991 and she was resentenced to Life without Parole.  Tina Powell is 56 years old today and is housed at KY Correctional Inst. for Women.  Foster is 51 years old and is housed at Western KY Corr. Complex.

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