TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

April 23, 2013

Murder suspect appears in court


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

No trial date has yet been set for a man accused of murdering his girlfriend in October.

Sean D. Messer, 35, appeared in Laurel County Circuit Court Monday for a pretrial conference with his defense attorney. According to the circuit clerk’s office, he is represented by attorneys Roger Gibbs and Kelly Ridings.

Messer was indicted in November for murder and first-degree fleeing or evading police in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Pamela S. Bobbitt, a mother of four.

According to London Police Chief Stewart Walker, officers discovered Bobbitt in Apartment 26 of Plantation Apartments, located on South Laurel Road in London.

She was bleeding from several stab wounds to her chest and back.

Walker explained that a call came in shortly before 11 p.m. Oct. 22 about a possible fight at the apartments, but when police arrived, they were told the two who may have been fighting had left the area.

Shortly after 11 p.m. dispatchers were told people at the same apartment complex were screaming about killing or stabbing someone. Minutes after that call, a third call came into dispatchers, and that caller said, “There’s a stabbing at Plantation Apartments right now.”

While discovering Bobbitt, police also saw a man fleeing the scene, according to Stewart, but he escaped capture.

Law enforcement from London Police, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police canvassed the area searching for Messer, and learned his vehicle was parked at Tincher Williams Chevrolet on South Laurel Road, which is near the apartment complex where Bobbitt was murdered.

Police watched the vehicle, and around 2 a.m. Messer showed to retrieve it. London officers Major Derek House and Sgt. Jessie Williams arrested him there.

Bobbitt was pronounced dead at St. Joseph-London by the Laurel County Coroner’s Office.

Messer remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $250,000 cash bond.

While no trial date was set Monday, Messer is scheduled to appear in court for another pretrial conference June 24.