Spencer Co. woman asks for new trial after being convicted of murder


by Renee Murphy


Posted on June 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 22 at 1:16 PM

(WHAS11) -- Wrongfully accused or justice served?

A Spencer County, Ky. woman is serving a 15-year prison sentence for the death of a man she once dated.

Susan King said she never committed the crime and now she may have proof.

King was in court Thursday morning in Spencer County seeking a new trial and her attorneys wanted to file a motion for a new trial and bond.

This all comes after a Louisville man has stepped forward claiming he is the real killer.

Kyle Breeden was murder in 1998.  His body was found in the Kentucky River by fishermen in Henry County. Nine years later, police arrested King and charged her with murder. In 2008, King took an Alford plea.  King acknowledged there was enough evidence against her for a conviction, but didn’t admit guilt.

The Kentucky Innocence Project has been working with King for years. Two UK law students have been investigating the case and said the evidence didn’t add up.  In May, they got a key piece of information that could be the one thing they needed most - a suspect.

On May 3, Richard Jarelle was arrested in Louisville on an attempted murder case.
While being questioned by investigators, police said Jarelle told them about the murder of Breeden.  He confessed to the crime and gave police intimate details that were not commonly known.

Police said Jarelle told them Breeden stole $20 from him.  Jarelle said he lured Breeden to an abandoned home where he shot him twice and then tied his legs with a cord.  Jarelle said he killed Breeden on his 21st birthday, which was the day Breeden was murdered. Jarelle even knew the clothing Breeden had on that day. 

Kentucky State Police originally investigated the case, but they wouldn’t comment on the new developments. However, police said they have been in meetings with the prosecutor regarding the developments.

A judge has not decided about a new trial or bond for King. Another hearing is scheduled for July 19.