By Becky Killian, Editor
A man charged in the murder of his 25-year-old girlfriend has been indicted by a Laurel County Circuit Court Grand Jury, court documents indicate.
Sean Messer, 34, was indicted for murder and first-degree fleeing or evading police. He was also indicted for being a persistent felony offender, with the court document listing prior convictions for trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree bail jumping, theft by failure to make required disposition and first-degree wanton endangerment for an incident involving a police officer.
Messer was arrested early morning on Oct. 23 in connection with the stabbing death of Pamela S. Bobbitt. She was found by police inside her home at Plantation Apartments after 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. She had suffered multiple stab wounds and was declared dead at Saint Joseph London hospital by the Laurel County Coroner’s Office.
Messer was arrested about three hours later when he tried to retrieve his car, which was under police surveillance. He was charged with murder.
Messer remains in the Laurel County Correctional Center and his bail is set at $250,000 cash.
Others indicted by the grand jury were:
—Robert J. Kemp, 42, of London, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.
—Ian G. Mounts, also known as Gabriel Mounts and Gabe Mounts, 35, of Corbin, first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
—Calvin G. Johnson, 58, of London, first-degree bail jumping.
—Melissa Gaines, also known as Melissa Day, 41, of London, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants and speeding.
—Wesley Varga, Crystal Joy Gray Varga, both 33 and of Woodbine, and Jay M. Knight, 26, of London, with Wesley Varga and Crystal Varga indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and Wesley Varga and Jay M. Knight indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
—David W. Messer, 37, and Jason W. Overbey, 27, both of London, four counts of theft by unlawful taking of the value of $500 or more but less than $10,000 related to catalytic converter thefts.
An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury and is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.
By Becky Killian, Editor
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