Trial set for London man accused of cutting man's throat in 2016

LAUREL COUNTY – A jury trial has been set for a London man who allegedly cut another man’s throat in February 2016.

John K. Pace, 41, appeared in Laurel Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Thursday, where prosecutors informed the court that the case was ready to be presented to jurors at trial, prompting a trial date to be set for April 16. A final pretrial conference has also been scheduled for April 14.

Pace was arrested Feb. 4, 2016, after deputies with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a Chestnut Cemetery Road residence to investigate a complaint concerning an assault. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies found the victim, identified as Michael Gregory, with a serious cut on his throat.

Gregory, who was a family friend of Pace’s, had been at the residence for approximately an hour before the alleged incident occurred. He had to be airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of his injuries.

After further investigation, deputies learned that Pace allegedly used a kitchen knife to cut Gregory’s neck.

Pace was charged with first-degree assault and jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center, where he currently remains under a $100,000 cash bond.

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