LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky prosecutors are weighing whether to request a rehearing or appeal a decision granting a woman a new trial in the death of her boyfriend in October 1998.
No appeals have yet been filed with the state Supreme Court or Court of Appeals in the case of 54-year-old Susan Jean King, who fought for eight years to clear her name in the death of 40-year-old Kyle “Deanie” Breeden in Spencer County.
The appeals court granted King a new trial in July, concluding that newly discovered evidence warranted overturning King’s conviction.
A 35-year-old felon and diagnosed schizophrenic, Richard Thomas Jarrell Jr., in 2012 admitted to killing Breeden in what one judge described as “a startling level of detailed facts.” Jarrell later recanted his statement. He has not been charged with Breeden’s killing.
A telephone conference between a federal judge and lawyers in the case handling a related civil suit is set for Tuesday.
After being arrested in May 2012 in an unrelated case and charged with shooting at a confidential informant, Jarrell told Louisville police he picked up Breeden on Oct. 26, 1998 and planned on getting some money and taking drugs with him.
Jarrell told officers he took Breeden to an abandoned house in Henry County, where he shot Breeden in the head before tying up his hands and feet with guitar amplifier cord and dumping the body in the Kentucky River.
The investigation into Breeden’s death went dormant for eight years until King was charged with murder in 2006. King entered an Alford plea — not admitting guilt, but acknowledging there was enough evidence to convict her of manslaughter — in 2008. She was released from the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley in 2012.
Jarrell later recanted his statement in June 2012.