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August 26, 2013

Family plans to picket Messer trial

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer

Almost a year after her murder, the family of Pamela Sue Bobbitt is still picketing for justice to be served against her alleged killer.

Sean D. Messer, 35, is slated to appear in Laurel County Circuit Court today. While he is in court, some of Bobbitt’s family and friends will be outside the courthouse holding picket signs with words like “Murderer” and “Justice for Pam,” according to one of the organizers, Shirley Philpot, who was also Bobbitt’s mother-in-law. Protesters say they plan to not only gather in front of the courthouse, but at the back as well in some hope that Messer will see them, according to Philpot.

Today’s hearing is to determine if all the DNA evidence in the case is back and to possibly set a trial date for Messer, which is Philpot’s main hope.

“This has been going on for almost a year. We just want to get some sort of justice for Pam. We want Laurel County to know that we aren’t going to tolerate a murderer in our community,” Philpot said.

 She added that the picket was not just for Bobbitt, but for all domestic abuse victims, which is why some picketers will be wearing purple in support of domestic violence prevention.

“We want people to know that they can’t let it get this bad; that they have to get out of abusive relationships before it is too late,” Philpot said.

Messer was indicted in November for murder and first-degree fleeing or evading police in the stabbing death of his 25-year-old girlfriend, 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 Saint Joseph London by the Laurel County Coroner’s Office.

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

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