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April 18, 2014

Jury trial May 14 for man in murder case

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A man facing murder charges after the December 2012 beating death of a Corinth Community man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Thursday.

Samuel E. Plotnick, 37, appeared handcuffed with his defense attorney before Judge Dan Ballou for a change of venue hearing, according to the circuit clerk’s office.

However, Ballou decided against it — “overruling” the motion, according to the clerk’s office.

Plotnick is now slated for a jury trial May 14.

He had been expected to face a jury Sept. 11. Plotnick was indicted on several charges related to the January death of 55-year-old Jimmy D. Peace.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said deputies and Corbin Police officers descended on Peace’s home in December and found Plotnick, Peace and Plotnick’s girlfriend, then 39-year-old Theresa Burnett, on the front porch.

Both Burnett and Peace had “visible injuries,” Harrell said, with Peace’s injuries mostly on his head.

Plotnick was arrested on the scene for assault and resisting arrest charges.

Harrell said he kept in contact with Peace’s sister after the assault.

He explained that Peace was treated at Baptist Regional Medical Center (now called Baptist Health Corbin) and released.

Days later, it was discovered Peace had suffered “very severe” internal injuries. According to Fayette County Deputy Coroner John McCarty, Peace “was brought back to BRMC with complications from his injuries.”

McCarty said Peace was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and “was admitted just after midnight” on Dec. 21, 2012. Peace’s sister told Harrell that Peace had been on life support for several days.

Peace died Jan. 2, 2013 “from multiple blunt-force trauma injuries sustained during the assault,” according to McCarty.

Plotnick’s charge of murder came that same day.

Besides murder, the other charges in Plotnick’s seven-count indictment include four counts of third-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree assault, and one count of first-degree persistent felony offender.

Plotnick was convicted in 2001 for first-degree sodomy in Whitley County, and was convicted in December in Oldham County for third-degree assault.

Plotnick has been jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center since Dec. 16, 2012, where he remains on a $100,000 fully-secured bond with an ankle bracelet requirement.

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