Whitesburg KY

Defendants get new hearing date in case of Fleming murder

A scheduled hearing for three people accused of plotting and carrying out the murder a Millstone coal miner and father in June 2012 has been delayed until next month.

Judge Sam Wright rescheduled a hearing originally set for Nov. 7 until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 to address pending motions and to discuss continuance of the trial date in the cases of James Maggard, Sephanie Fleming, and Austin L. Ison. The three were charged with murdering Dradrick “Drad” Fleming after Fleming’s badly burned body was found near Eolia on June 23, 2012.

Authorities charge that Fleming, an underground coal miner, was still alive before Maggard, a 34-year-old Neon man who has confessed to the killing, poured an accelerant on Fleming’s pickup truck and pushed it over an embankment near a mine site on Black Mountain.

The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged Maggard, who was having an affair with Stephanie Fleming, who was Drad Fleming’s wife, with capital murder, tampering with physical evidence, theft, hindering prosecution, arson and kidnapping.

Stephanie Fleming, 31, is indicted on charges of helping Maggard commit the murder. She is charged with complicity to capital murder, complicity to tampering with physical evidence, complicity to theft, hindering prosecution, complicity to arson, complicity to kidnapping and being a persistent felony offender.

Ison, 25, of Pert Creek, is also charged with complicity to murder, complicity to arson, complicity to kidnapping, complicity to tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution.

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