LANCASTER - Jonathan Dyer will be sentenced July 9 after pleading guilty to murder, first-degree assault and four other counts in connection with the murder of Burdette Earls on June 13, 2003, on Harmon's Lick Road.
Dyer was 17 at the time of the crime.
He pleaded guilty earlier this month in Garrard Circuit Court to acting in complicity with Danny Poff to unlawfully enter Earls' residence with intent to commit a crime and cause physical injury to Earls and Sandra Jernigan.
According to the court documents, Poff came up with the plan to rob the couple because he had seen a few hundred dollars in their possession. Poff and Dyer used two-by-fours to beat Earls and Jernigan. Simultaneously, Dyer hit Earls and Poff allegedly hit Jernigan. Dyer's blows caused Earls' death.
To prevent evidence from being used against them, Poff and Dyer burned their clothing, Jernigan's purse, Jernigan's pills and the two-by-fours, according to court records.