Graves Shooting Suspects to Be Tried in January
By Joe Jackson
MAYFIELD, KY - The three men charged in a Mayfield home invasion and homicide earlier this year will go to trial early next year. A trial date of Jan. 22 has been set for Richard Phipps, Edwin Russell and James Kirby.
According to police, Phipps and Kirby, both of Hopkinsville, pushed their way into the home of Richard and Sharon Jett on Feb. 19 to rob them of money and guns. Richard Jett was shot twice and later died. Sharon Jett was shot five times but survived. Russell, of Elkton, was a family acquaintance and drove Kirby and Phipps to the scene but fled when he heard shots fired.
Kirby and Phipps are charged with murder, two counts of robbery, burglary, four counts of wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by convicted felons and being persistent felony offenders. They also face attempted murder and complicity to murder.
Russell is charged with complicity to murder, complicity to attempted murder, complicity to burglary, four counts of complicity to wanton endangerment and two counts of complicity to robbery.
Commonwealth Attorney David Hargrove said the state will likely attempt to try the three men together as a potential capital case with the death sentence as a possible sentencing option.
All three men remained lodged at the Graves County Jail under $1 million bonds.