Another bullet found in Garrard murder case

September 24, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - Another pre-trial hearing for a Lancaster man charged with murder has been set after the public defender in the case indicated she had more bullet evidence during a court hearing Friday.

Brian K. Lainhart, 37, is charged with murder in the Nov. 8 shooting death of Mitchell Miller, 33, of Campbellsville.

Lainhart turned himself in to police after the shooting on Jack Black Road about three miles north of Lancaster. State police said the shooting was "domestic related" and that Lainhart allegedly used a 30-30 rifle. Lainhart also faces two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Along with the rifle, he allegedly had a .22 caliber rifle in his possession.

In an unrelated case, Lainhart was charged with several drug offenses on Sept. 11, 2001.

Defense attorney Susanne McCollough told Circuit Judge Hunter Daugherty Friday that "Kentucky State Police in all their finest did not find all the bullets." McCollough said that another bullet was found and that it could be the "key bullet."


During a court hearing Feb. 21, McCollough stated that Lainhart's vehicle, a Ford F150, had seven gunshot holes from the incident. Judge Daugherty at that time granted an order to preserve evidence that the truck not be destroyed, repaired, covered up or altered in any way.

McCollough stated that the bullet could be given to the state police post in Richmond this week.

Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Lockridge requested that the bullet be kept separate from the other ballistics evidence. "We don't know where this bullet came from," he said.

Lainhart is currently being held at Northpoint Training Center near Burgin.

McCollough also asked that another pre-trial hearing be set. Judge Daugherty set the hearing for Oct. 17.

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