Whitesburg KY

Acker killer will soon be eligible for parole

One of Letcher County’s most notorious killers will soon be eligible to be considered for parole.

The Kentucky Parole Board announced this week that confessed murderer Donald Terry Bartley, 51, will become eligible for parole in October. A hearing date has not been set.

Bartley, of Evarts in Harlan County, pleaded guilty in 1987 to taking part in the August 1985 murder of 23-year-old Tammy Dee Acker and the robbery and attempted murder of her physician father, 79-year-old Roscoe J. Acker of Fleming-Neon.

Bartley testified that he and Death Row inmates Roger Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge stabbed Miss Acker to death after robbing the late Dr. Acker’s bedside safe of $1.9 million. He also pleaded guilty to helping Hodge and Epperson murder an elderly Jackson County couple before the Acker crime.

Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II said he will formally oppose parole for Bartley if a hearing is held.

Bartley is now an inmate at the North Point Training Center in Burgin, Ky.

Two other Letcher County inmates will also be eligible parole in October.

They are Brice Baker Jr., who has been an inmate at the Frankfort Career Development Center since December 5, 2006, when he was sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of theft by unlawful taking, and Brian Sturgill, who has been at the Green River Correctional Complex after pleading guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property in Oc( tober 2006.

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