Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – Circuit Judge Dennis Foust set trial dates for two suspects facing murder charges at a pretrial conference Monday.
Cory Burkeen, 24, of Gilbertsville and Billy Don Greer, 55, of Calvert City were scheduled for their cases to be tried.
Burkeen faces charges of wanton murder related to the death of Landon Lovett, 19, from a Memorial Day 2012 collision.
Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators believe Lovett ultimately died from injuries she received in the wreck.
“I anticipate the trial could last about five days, and have spoken to Mr. Blankenship about the matter,” public defender James Burkeen said.
James Burkeen is not related to Cory Burkeen. “He didn’t necessarily disagree with that estimate.”
Foust set a trial date of Aug. 26, adding he would reschedule a date in Calloway County.
“I don’t want to reschedule the rule date, and quite frankly, two or three other trials for this matter, only to have additional discovery or evidence at the last minute,” Foust said. “I think we will have a pre-trial conference on May 6, and monthly status hearings going forward.”
Blankenship said his office would attempt to facilitate the trial by offering a firm date for Cory Burkeen to accept or reject a pretrial offer.
Greer faces a charge of murder related to the Jan. 3 shooting of Darryl Domingue, 55, of Wickliffe.
Blankenship said the Commonwealth believes Greer shot Domingue after the two spent a day drinking alcohol and engaged each other in a fight.
James Burkeen is also representing Greer.
“Let’s set a final pretrial date for May 6 as well,” James Burkeen said. “We do not believe this trial will last as long because it is not as factually complex.”
Foust set a trial date for Greer on July 16.