LANCASTER - In a chilling tape-recorded confession played Monday in Garrard County Circuit Court, 17-year-old Jonathan Dyer recounted how he and Danny Poff, 22, snuck into the home of Burdette Earls and beat Earls and Sandra Jernigan with 2-by-4 boards. Earls died from his wounds.
"We done it," Dyer says early in the recording.
Kentucky State Police Detective Monte Owens, who interviewed Dyer in the tape, played the recording in a hearing in which Dyer's attorney, Public Defender Susanne McCollough, sought bail for her client. McCollough, noting that Dyer was not arrested until a week after confessing, had sought a $25,000 property bond for her client.
Circuit Judge Hunter Daugherty denied the motion, citing Kentucky law that prohibits bail to persons whose crimes could make them subject to the death penalty.
Poff and Dyer are charged with the capital murder of Earls, 65, and assaulting Jernigan, 43, during a burglary June 19 on Harmon's Lick Road. Both are also charged with two counts of robbery and tampering with evidence. In addition, Poff is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and being a persistent felony offender.