LANCASTER -- The Liberty man charged with killing an elderly man with a large rock June 19 made his first appearance in Garrard Circuit Court Friday.
Judge Hunter Daugherty entered a not guilty plea for Danny Dwight Poff, 23, in the capital murder of Burdette Earls, 65. A pre-trial conference was set for Oct. 17. An attorney from the public defender's office will be representing Poff.
Kentucky State Police have also charged a juvenile in the case.
The indictment returned July 19 states that Poff acted "alone or with complicity with John Dyer." It does not state whether Dyer is the other person arrested and police have not confirmed that, either.
Poff faces a total of eight counts including capital murder, assault, burglary, robbery, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and being a persistent felony offender. In addition to allegedly killing Earles, Poff is accused of "causing serious injury to Sandra Jernigan by beating her with a blunt object," according to court records.