Hearings Held for Suspects in Two Murder Cases
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Court proceedings were held for a man and woman facing charges related to separate murder investigations.

The McCracken Circuit Court Clerk says a pre-trial conference was held for James Vanvactor of Grand Rivers. A 4-1/2-day trial was scheduled to begin February 15, and another pre-trial conference is set for December 18. Vanvactor was arrested on October 6, 2019 by Paducah Police after they were called to a parking lot near the flood wall and found the body of Angella Hale of Calvert City. Police say surveillance video and an RV's rear-view camera footage shows the pair arguing before Hale sat down behind the RV. Police testified to a grand jury that Vanvactor got into the RV and used it to run her over. He faces charges of murder, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI.

A motion hour was held for 21-year-old Alexis Graham, and her attorney filed a motion to get in-person access to the defendant. A ruling on this motion will be given at a hearing on December 18, and the judge set a pre-trial conference for January 25, 2021. Graham faces two counts of murder (complicity) along with burglary and robbery charges. She was arrested with Mykweze D. Cox on August 22 after Justice Hicks and Victor Moore were shot and killed at Lone Oak Manor Apartments. The McCracken Sheriff's Department said Cox told them he and Graham drove from Texas to collect a drug debt. 

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Published 01:35 PM, Saturday Nov. 21, 2020
Updated 02:55 PM, Sunday Nov. 22, 2020



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