Murder cases will go to trial

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Preliminary hearings on two separate second degree murder cases have been held this month in Barry County Associate Circuit Court.

Adella Fae Patton, 45, of Exeter, was bound over to stand trial on charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action in Barry County Circuit Court following a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Patton, who is accused of shooting and killing Kevin Madison outside her home in Exeter, is scheduled for circuit court arraignment on June 26 at 9 a.m.

The shooting occurred on Dec. 11, 2005, following an argument between Patton and Madison over deer meat stored in Patton's freezer. Patton told law enforcement officers that she retrieved a revolver from inside her residence after Madison allegedly hit her.

Patton said she first fired a shot over Madison's head, and when he moved toward her, she fired again and a bullet struck Madison on the forehead.

John Lewright, Patton's attorney, claims that his client's actions were a matter of self defense. Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox has stated during previous court proceedings that witnesses would testify that Patton had threatened to shoot Madison prior to the Dec. 11, 2005, altercation.

On Monday, Cox presented the testimony of three witnesses. Associate Circuit Court Judge Victor Head listened to the evidence presented and bound Patton over to Barry County Circuit Court to stand trial.

Patton has been free on $250,000 bond since November of 2006. Prior to her release from Barry County Jail, Patton spent five months in Fulton State Mental Hospital.

Charge amended

David Lamara Keene, 33, of Golden, is scheduled for arraignment in Barry County Circuit Court on July 11 at 1:30 p.m. A preliminary hearing in Keene's case was held May 3.

Keene now stands charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action after initially being charged with voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. He is accused of stabbing Perry G. Fennell, of Eagle Rock, multiple times on Sept. 9, 2006.

According to court records, the stabbing followed an altercation between Fennell and Keene, which occurred after Keen's pit bull bit Fennell's 15-year-old stepdaughter. Fennell apparently went to Keene's house to confront him over the dog bite and ended up shoving Keene. According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, Keene responded by stabbing the victim.

Keene also faces charges of tampering with a victim or witness in a felony prosecution. This charge against Keene was filed a few months after the stabbing. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in this case on July 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Barry County Associate Circuit Court.

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