A man accused of raping a child under 12 is due to stand trial later this month.
Michael Rowland Hunter, 52, of Timberland Circle in Corbin, is charged with first-degree rape of a child under 12. Hunter was arrested by Laurel Sheriff officials on October 6, 2020 after an investigation in which he was charged with child rape. He has remained in custody ever since, being held on $100,000 cash bail. His jury trial is scheduled for February 8.
• Edward Scott Pressley, 48, of Amelia Drive in London, was due to appear before a jury for murder on June 7. He is charged with the August 30 murder of 53-year-old Reanna Dodd. Dodd was found at the Pressley residence, tied to a bed in the back bedroom. Pressley bound Dodd, then told police he found her dead the next morning. He then covered her body with objects in the residence in an attempt to hide the body. An autopsy, however, showed Dodd’s cause of death to be asphyxiation. Pressley was charged with murder and incarcerated at the Laurel County Correctional Center.
• Two people charged with the murder of a Corbin woman in 2018 are due to appear for a status hearing in April. Joseph Craig McFadden, 35, and Christie Elizabeth McFadden, 31, also known as Christy Rose, of Thoroughbred Trail in Corbin, were set for a status hearing on April 13. The two are charged with the June 15, 2018 murder of Sherry Rose, Christy’s mother, in which she was stabbed. After the stabbing, the two allegedly used Rose’s car to pick up cleaning supplies, then loaded Rose’s body into a suitcase and carried it from the house. They then incorporated two other men to take Rose’s body to a secluded location and dispose of the body. Rose’s car was later found abandoned. After Rose’s colleagues reported her missing, Laurel Sheriff officials launched an investigation, with the McFaddens evading police for several days before being taken into custody. They are charged with murder, tampering with evidence, robbery by unlawful taking, abuse of corpse, flight and escape from police in one case and threatening terrorism, resisting arrest, drunkenness public in another. Joseph McFadden is also charged with fleeing and evading police, while Christy McFadden faces a charge of obstructing prosecution or arrest.
The McFaddens’ trial was repeatedly postponed and returned to circuit court for further motions and hearings.
One of the two men involved in transporting Rose’s body to the isolated location was convicted on January 19. Michael Hinkle, 52, of Mitchell Creek Road in London, was sentenced to 2 years in prison, with 2 years probation, with an alternative sentencing plan. accused of tampering with physical evidence. The corpse abuse charge was dismissed.
• Stacy Obrian Savage, 44, of Blackwater Road in London, was due to appear at Laurel Circuit Court on February 16. Savage is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, flight or escape from police, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), non- compliance with the registration of sex offenders and repeat offenders. These charges stem from an incident on May 25, 2021, in which Savage intentionally struck a police vehicle during a pursuit, as well as another vehicle.