Trial date set for Daviess Co. death penalty case

Trial date set for Daviess Co. death penalty case

DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - A trial date has been set for Matt Adams.

Adams is one of a record three people facing the death penalty at the same time in Daviess County. Arnett Baines and Cylar Shemwell are the other two. All three are charged with murder.

“We have not had this type of violence in Daviess County at any point in history that I know of," Bruce Kuegel the Commonwealth’s attorney said.

Police say Adams killed Erica Owen at her home in 2018. Erica had a domestic violence order against Adams, a previous boyfriend of Erica’s.

About two dozen of Owen’s friends and family in were in the court room on Wednesday. Many of them showing their support for their friend with “Go purple for Erica” t-shirts.

Many of Owen's friends and family shed tears leaving the court room.

Erica Owen was a lot of things: a daughter, a friend, a sister, a nurse.
Erica Owen was a lot of things: a daughter, a friend, a sister, a nurse.

Her father told us these court hearings are always difficult because it brings back so many emotions seeing Adams in person. But he told us the support of Owen’s friends has given him peace knowing that so many miss and love his daughter.

He also shared they are happy to have a trial date set and no longer need to wonder when this will be over.

The judge set October 1, 2020, as the date for Adams’s trial with the last day for pretrial motions on August 3, 2020.

The trial is expected to last two weeks. Adams is set to be back in court on July 19.

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