Trial set for Corbin man accused of murdering pregnant woman, two others

Paul Brock

WHITLEY COUNTY — A trial date for a Corbin man charged with the murder of three people, one of whom was pregnant, was set during a status hearing Monday.

Paul Brock, 39, was in court Monday where an additional suppression of evidence hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Feb. 11.

The previous suppression hearing took place in September 2019. During the hearing, members of the Whitley County Circuit Court heard from witnesses regarding the interview between Brock and police on Feb. 18, 2018. The court also watched both two-hour interviews between Brock and police during the suppression hearing.

Brock’s defense team believes his interview may have been coerced by police and that he may have been under the influence while being interviewed.

Don Nelson, a professor of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at University of Cincinnati, took the stand during the suppression hearing. Nelson is a published research professor with 50 years experience. Nelson’s opinion was that Brock had been taking three controlled substances in large doses during the videoed police interview.

Nelson determined Brock to be under the influence of Neurontin, Suboxone and Xanax. He determined this by two factors; after watching the video interview and after a one-on-one hour long interview with Brock in July 2019 where Brock told Nelson that’s what he was taking.

However, through a line of questioning from Commonwealth's Attorney Ronnie Bowling, Nelson admitted that there wasn’t a more reliable way to know if Brock was under the influence during the time of his interview with police.

Brock was indicted in April 2018 for an incident that occurred in February of that year.

On that date, Mary Jackson, 74, and her pregnant granddaughter, Tiffany Byers, 33, were found shot to death at an Ellison Street residence in Corbin. Byers’ younger brother, Justin Collins, was in a bedroom of the home at the time the shooting began and he jumped out of a bedroom window and fled to a neighbor’s home to call 911.

Brock was developed as the main person of interest in the killings by the Corbin Police Department, being brought in for questioning the morning of Feb. 18, 2018, before being arrested later that day and charged with three counts of murder.

The body of Byers’ husband, Aaron Byers, 45, was found the following day in a shallow grave in a wooded area off Corinth Cemetery Road. At that time, Brock was then charged with another count of murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Brock faces three counts of murder, one count of first-degree fetal homicide, tampering with physical evidence, and first-degree felony offender.

Brock’s trial is currently scheduled to begin Dec. 1, 2020.

Brock currently remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $1 million cash bond.

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