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Foust hears pretrial motions prior to Workman trial

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Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:00 pm

Several pretrial motions were made in Calloway Circuit Court Monday morning regarding a  murder and complicity trial scheduled for next week.

During court action before Judge Dennis Foust, Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship’s office made three motions concerning the upcoming trial of Jayson Paul Workman, 33, of Murray, who is charged with murder in the death of Herbert Donald Scandell of Calloway County.

Workman, and his wife, Kayla Workman, 23, are scheduled for trial June 7-8, in Calloway Circuit Court.

Kayla Workman is charged with complicity  in Scandell’s death.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Cirris Hatfield petitioned the court for discovery of the name of an expert expected to testify for the defense from Wesley Boyarski, an attorney with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy’s Murray office and Jayson Workman’s appointed counsel.

Hatfield also petitioned the court to limit the terms in which Scandell, the victim in the case, is referred to during the trial. Boyarski argued against approval of the motion.

Hatfield also requested that the prosecution be referred to as “the state” or “the Commonwealth” and not as “the government” by Boyarski.

Hatfield’s last two requests were made to prevent any influence the words may have in the mind of the jury that may influence a verdict.

The commonwealth’s first two requests were satisfied, however Foust said he may have to review how Scandell may be referenced at a later date. Hatfield’s third request was not granted.

The two were charged after Scandell's body was found inside a car following an accident near Murray shortly before Christmas 2009. Kentucky State Police said they found Scandell in the back of the car that had been driven into a creek bed. Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Dean Patterson said police reported Scandell had suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest, neck and back.

Both the accused have pleaded innocent to the charges. They are both lodged in Calloway County Jail. Jayson Workman is held on a $500,000 bond. Kayla Workman is held on $100,000 bond.

Individuals facing charges are innocent until proven guilty.

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