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Trio plead not guilty to conspiracy to murder

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Updated: 10:52 AM

By Rachel 

Keller Collins

Tribune-Courier 

Reporter

editor@tribunecourier.com

 

  Three men charged by a grand jury with conspiracy to murder a 27-year-old Marshall County man entered pleas of not guilty in Marshall Circuit Court last week. Each is facing charges related to an incident that occurred on Dec. 28 in which shots were allegedly fired at a man outside a Symsonia Hwy. residence.

  Chase T. Hansen, 20, of Calvert City, represented by Robert Prince of Prince & Brien P.S.C. in Benton was not in custody of the Marshall County Detention Center at the time of hearing last week. He was arrested on Jan. 12 following his grand jury indictment earlier this month and was released from custody on Jan. 14 on a $10,000 surety bond. 

  Matthew D. Jones, 24, of Calvert City, represented by Andrea Moore, attorney with the Dept. of Public Advocacy, was granted a significant bond modification from a $150,000 cash bond to a $10,000 surety bond, if released into the custody of his father. Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson said he only agreed to the modification because of Jones’ “significant health issues” and because Jones is considered a ‘moderate risk.’ He ordered, as terms of the bond, that Jones is under house arrest and only able to leave for medical and legal appointments. Jameson also ordered Jones to wear an ankle monitor.

  Miles G. Eble, 20, of Calvert City, represented by conflict counsel Amy Harwood-Jackson of Harwood-Jackson Law Office, PLLC, was denied modification of his $150,000 cash bond. Jameson said he would consider a modification during a formal bond hearing but refused to review it in the middle of the docket, saying there are factors that set him apart from his co-defendants, such as qualifying as ‘high-risk.’

  Regarding the exchange of discovery between the defense attorneys and prosecutors, Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship said the bullets at the scene of the alleged incident had been “dug out and sent off” to the lab.

    Hansen is charged with conspiracy to murder, a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in a state penitentiary, for allegedly collaborating with his codefendants to murder “B.H.” on or about Dec. 28; Eble is charged with conspiracy to murder, a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in a state penitentiary, for allegedly collaborating with his codefendants to murder “B.H.” on or about Dec. 28; Jones is charged with conspiracy to murder, a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in a state penitentiary, for allegedly collaborating with his codefendants to murder “B.H.” on or about Dec. 28, possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor for knowingly and unlawfully possessing marijuana on or about Dec. 28 and drug paraphernalia—buy/possess, a Class A misdemeanor for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a bong on or about Dec. 28.

  All three are scheduled to appear in Marshall Circuit Court for a status hearing on March 16.

  The other man involved in the case, Blake E. Henson, 27, who was residing 3481 Symsonia Hwy. at the time of the alleged incident, will have his case reviewed by a Marshall County grand jury, which next convenes Feb. 14. Henson is being held on a $50,000 cash bond, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance—meth, a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in a state penitentiary, possession of drug paraphernalia—buy/possess, a Class A misdemeanor and possession of controlled substance, 3rd degree, a Class A misdemeanor.


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