Two Pike County men charged with the New Year’s Day murder of Michael Hogg were in Letcher Circuit Court last week for a hearing on motions pertaining to evidence in the case.
Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright heard a motion filed by Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II asking that all of the evidence attorneys for James Richard Huffman IV and Patrick Smith intend to use at trial be available for review by the prosecution. The evidence would include results and reports of physical or mental examinations and scientific tests or experiments.
In another motion, Banks sought the preclusion of evidence improperly gathered from witnesses. The motion says three blank subpoenas were requested by Huffman’s attorney and were served by an individual acting under the attorney’s direction. After the subpoenas were served, Banks discovered the subpoenas were issued and served prior to the scheduled preliminary hearing.
Wright granted the motions filed by Banks and heard Smith’s request for bond reduction. Smith’s mother testified in support of the bond reduction.
Kentucky State Police Detective Joel Abner testifed against the bond reduction, telling Judge Wright that Smith is a potential flight risk and danger to the public. Wright denied the request by Smith.
Huffman and Smith are accused of stabbing Hogg to death during an altercation in downtown Whitesburg early on the morning of January 1.
A pretrial conference for Huff- man and Smith has been set for January 28, 2015.