By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Three Knox County residents faced Circuit Judge Thomas Jensen in Knox County Circuit Court Friday.
Jonathan Taylor and Amanda Hoskins, both of Barbourville, and William Lester, of Flat Lick, face murder and first-degree robbery charges in the Dec. 20, 2010, slaying of 67-year-old Catherine Mills outside her Knox County home.
Jensen set the trio’s trial for Tuesday, May 14.
Taylor, wearing Kenton County Jail-issued scrubs, appeared with his attorney, Samuel Cox.
Hoskins, who remains jailed at the Knox County Detention Center, appeared with her attorney, Barbara Carnes.
Attorney David Hoskins represents Lester, who is free on bond.
During Friday’s pretrial conference, attorneys discussed DNA evidence surrounding the crime. Testing results have yet to be determined.
Also under discussion was possible bond reduction.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry Beckner agreed with the defense attorneys to schedule an evidentiary hearing as well as a possible bond reduction hearing for March 25. The final pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 2.
Jensen ordered the hearings scheduled.
Just after 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2010, Kentucky State Police from Post 10 in Harlan responded to the residence of Catherine Mills.
A delivery man had discovered her body and notified law enforcement.
The unnamed delivery driver apparently discovered Mills just minutes after she was robbed and murdered, according to Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins.
The three suspects received a two-count indictment in April 2012 from a Knox County grand jury.
In the first count, the three suspects each face the charge of murder, whether independently or in collaboration with others, “by striking Catherine Mills in the head and thereby causing her death.” The second count charges that, either together or in acting alone, the three robbed Mills by using physical force, which ultimately killed her.
Hoskins also faces a persistent felony offender charge.