, Corbin, KY

November 15, 2013

Man likely faces 35 years in murder case

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

A London man will likely face 35 years in prison after entering a guilty plea Tuesday just before his trial was scheduled to begin in Laurel County Circuit Court for the October 2012 murder of his girlfriend.

Sean Messer, 35, pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend, Pamela Bobbitt, 25, of London. He was represented in court by defense attorneys Roger Gibbs and Kelly Ridings.

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

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

Walker explained that a call came in shortly before 11 p.m. Oct. 22, 2012, 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. The man 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 attacked.

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

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

Messer was offered a plea agreement on Oct. 31, but decided to proceed to trial. Just before the trial, he opted for a plea agreement. Messer is scheduled to be officially sentenced Nov. 25.