The ability to pick an impartial jury in Clark County for Patrick Watkins may not be an issue after all. Watkins is facing a second trial for allegedly killing his daughter in 2007.
The defense and prosecutors said Thursday they have agreed to pursue felony mediation in the case, and possibly avoid a trial.
Attorneys have the option to pursue mediation before a senior status judge in felony cases, if the attorneys all agree. All parties, including the defendant and the victims, have the opportunity to speak before the mediator, who then comes up with a resolution for the case. The agreement would then go back to the original judge for final adoption.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Johnson said the session has been scheduled for June 12, though the senior status judge to hear the case has not been appointed. Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue scheduled a conference on June 14 for further action in the case.