Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 16, 2013

Bond motion denied in Monroe County homicide case

Glasgow Daily Times

TOMPKINSVILLE — A motion to reduce the bond of a man accused in a Monroe County homicide case has been denied.

John William Smith, 41, of Dubre Road, Summer Shade, along with Chasity R. Hagan, 34, of H. Bartley Road, Summer Shade, is accused of killing Brenda Howard, 63, in April 2012 at her Ebenezer Road home.

Smith has been lodged in the Monroe County Correctional Center since his arrest on a $500,000 cash bond.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police Detective Ricky Brooks, the lead investigator in the case, was asked to testify in Monroe Circuit Court at the request of Smith’s attorney, Sandra Downs with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy’s Capital Trial Branch.

Brooks stated there were inconsistencies in both defendants’ stories when they were interviewed by state police on what happened the night Howard died.  

“He [Smith] didn’t know what was going on, but he did know there was some bloodshed,” Brooks said

Smith allegedly changed his story later to blame Hagan and another woman for Howard’s death, Brooks said.  

Smith also allegedly changed his story regarding the type of clothing he was wearing.

Brooks also testified that Hagan said she was not in the vicinity of the crime, but she allegedly changed her story later, stating she was on Ebenezer Road after witnesses said they saw her there.

There were also discrepancies as to where Hagan was in relation to Howard’s house.

 At one point, she allegedly told Brooks she was across the street from Howard’s house, and on another occasion she said she was running in and out of the house, he said.

Several pieces of evidence were sent to the state police’s crime lab for testing.

Downs stated during the hearing there was nothing in the lab reports that puts Smith at Howard’s home.

Brooks disagreed and testified there was a piece of clothing that Smith was allegedly wearing at the time of the crime.

Downs said Brooks didn’t know who had the clothing on because it was found in the trunk of a car that was also allegedly spotted at the crime scene.

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