Former suspect testifies against others in killing

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky man who took a plea deal in the beating death of an elderly man has testified against three other defendants.

According to WYMT-TV in Hazard, Jeremiah Evans will be cross-examined by defense attorneys on Wednesday in Pineville.

Brian Hatfield, Deborah Partin, and Candy Maiden are being tried on murder charges in the January 2008 beating of 91-year-old William Taylor, who died a week after the attack. According to the Middlesboro Daily News, Evans maintains he drove the other defendants to Taylor's home, but did not take part in beating him.

"I drove them down there to borrow money, not to hurt anybody," Evans said.

"I dropped them off at the end of his driveway," he said. "Then, I left and went to Holly Brook and sit and waited on them."

Evans said it didn't take long for them to leave Taylor's home

"Everybody was happy like they had borrowed some money," Evans said.

Evans testified he didn't know Taylor had been beaten until the next day.

Defense attorney Sam Cox, who represents Maiden, said Evans testimony conflicts with statements he gave police in previous interviews.

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