Complicity charge dropped against former officer in slayings

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A complicity to murder charge against a former police officer has been dropped in the middle of a trial over the cold-case slayings of two western Kentucky brothel workers.

The Kentucky New Era ( reports Special Judge Philip Patton told jurors on Wednesday morning that the complicity charge against Leslie Duncan was no longer a factor in the trial. The newspaper reports the judge granted a motion filed by Duncan’s lawyer asking for a directed verdict of acquittal after the prosecution rested its case on Tuesday.

Duncan led the original investigation of the 1994 slayings of Candace Belt and Gloria Ross, who were shot and stabbed at New Life Massage Parlor in Oak Grove.

Two others defendants, Frank Black and former Oak Grove police officer Ed Carter, remain on trial in the slayings.

Police brought charges against the men in 2013.


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