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The Clay City SERVING SERVING STANTON, CLAY CITY & POWELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY FOR MORE THAN THAN 100 YEARS TIMES VOL. 116, NO. 16 16 PAGES • 50¢ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 Sons murder trial begins Prosecution says they have a witness; defense says evidence is lacking By KAYLA MAYS & JAMES COOK Times Reporter and Times Editor Ladies Night, Seniors honored Times Photo by James Cook PCHS Cheerleader Adrian Pennington and Lady Pirate Taylor Atkinson were honored last Saturday night as part of the Senior Night ceremonies. Both were the only seniors for their respective squads this year. Some 14 months after Charles “Chuck” Maggard was found beaten and stabbed to death in his home on Jerrica Leigh Lane, the trial of his accused killer is underway this week. The murder trial of Woodie Gene Sons, Jr. began Monday morning and it only took four hours to find a jury of 12 and at least two alternates to hear the case. Opening arguments were held Monday afternoon and the prosecution led off by walking the jurors through what police say happened on Dec. 13, 2010. Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald told the jury that he would be able to show that Sons went to Maggard’s home, along with a witness, to try to get some drugs. Herald said that at first Maggard said he did not have any, but Sons became “physical.” Police say that Maggard was hit over the head with an Ale-8 bottle. The broken bottle and the glass could also be seen in crime scene photos. Herald told the court that after being struck by Sons, Maggard told him there were some pills in a pouch under a table. Sons allegedly took the pills then killed Maggard by stabbing him reportedly 11 times. Those wounds were evident in photos of the scene that could be best described as horrendous and violent. Sons is also accused of taking approximately $50 from Maggard’s wallet as well. Son’s attorney, Lisa Whisman, used her opening statement to throw some doubt on the state’s case against Sons. Whisman advised Times Photo by Kayla Mays KSP Detective Virgil Rucker testifies as to what the crime scene looked like and statements he gathered during the investigation into the death of Charles Maggard as the Sons murder trial began this week. the jurors that the evidence the state has, or the lack of evidence, will have them doubting the state’s case. Whisman told the jury that over 20 associates and friends of Maggard was interviewed and of those only 13 people had their DNA samples taken. But she also stated that those 13 swabs were never sent for analysis and she wondered why. She also questioned why hair found in See TRIAL Page A3, Column 1 Powell man convicted of arson and assault dies after heart attack By JAMES COOK Times Editor The man convicted of etting his former stepaughter on fire in 2006 assed away almost six ears to the day of the ragic event. The Times as learned that Gordon trange died at a Central aptist Hospital in exington last Monday. e was 59. Strange, of Clay City, as convicted of the eb. 7, 2006 assault nd arson that severely urned Michelle Tharpe. harpe reportedly was taying with Strange in is trailer on Hardwick’s reek Road. At one time harpe’s mother was maried to Strange. Strange was an inmate t the Little Sandy orrectional Complex n Sandy Hook. He was ransferred to Central aptist Hospital on Jan. 9 for medical treatent. According to Todd enson, a public inforation officer with the entucky Department f Corrections, Strange Gordon Strange passed away on Feb. 6 from “natural causes.” A family member reports that Strang died from complications after having a heart attack. Acording to reports in 2006 and court records, Strange and Tharpe were arguing when Strange tossed kerosene onto Tharpe. The flammable liquid was on her pajama bottoms. During the argument he then reportedly set her on fire. Tharpe was able to run out of the house and was found by responding police and fire personnel lying in a ditch. She was severely burned over 80 percent of her body. Strange was found at his mother’s home with burns to his face. Both were taken to the UK Medical Center for treatment. The trailer was destroyed by the fire. Tharpe spent five months in the hospital at times in a coma and going through skin grafting procedures. She spent another four months going through therapy to learn to walk again. Strange was indicted on first degree assault and second degree arson charges. He was found guilty by a Powell County jury in March of 2007. The jury recommended a 20 year sentence on the assault charge and 10 years on the arson charge. Five years of those sentences would run concurrently, giving Strange a 25 year sentence. Based on state law and due to the violent nature of the crimes, he would have to serve 85 percent of that time. Strange did appeal his conviction but his appeal was denied in 2009. Pain clinic doctor gets diversion on drug charges under new state law By JAMES COOK Times Editor A Richmond doctor has pleaded guilty to DUI and will accept a deal that includes a diversion plan on drug charges, but he still had to stand before Powell Circuit Judge Frank Fletcher. That happened last Wednesday during the courts’ motion hour. Dr. Morgan Budde, who operated the East Kentucky Pain Management Center in Richmond and according to a medical website had another clinic in Booneville, decided to accept the prosecution’s offer of pleading guilty to a DUI. But as for the charges of possession of a controlled substance first and third degree, Budde will be placed in a diversion plan. Budde is currently enrolled in a treatment facility in Atlanta. Fletcher told Budde and his attorney, Steven J. Megerle, of Covington, that he was “upset” with the case. “Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath and here we have doctors pre- scribing pain medicines, which are becoming an epidemic in this state,” Fletcher said. “I personally think you should serve 30 days in jail with credit for time served, but by statute Mr. Herald has no other alternative.” “You’re going to plead guilty to DUI but defer prosecution on the possession charges. This court is upset He came into Powell County with a car load of narcotics, at least that is what I’ve See BUDDE Page A3, Column 1 'Hats for Hope' and local florist helps in fight against cancer By KAYLA MAYS Times Reporter The feeling of helping others is a feeling that is indescribable. It is often a simple act of kindness that can make a huge difference in the life of another person. Mother Teresa said it best when she said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love”. Local florist Carmen McKinney, owner of Parkway Florist and Interior Design, is familiar with helping others and just how much something so small can help so many. McKinney is on the board of directors for the Kentucky Floral Association where she first became familiar with a program called Hats for Hope. McKinney explained that she makes derby hats which she delivers to Frankfort to be auctioned off at the Hats for Hope auction. She explained she was at a meeting one day when she heard a lady tell her story and how much the program had raise. She knew she wanted to be part of it. “It is a situation where a little of your time and a little of your product goes a long way,” McKinney stated. “Hats for Hope is a wonderful thing,” McKinney explained. It is a silent auction of Derby Hats and other items which is held in Louisville Kentucky and 100 percent of the events proceeds go directly to the fight against Breast Cancer. The auction is in partnership with James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Over the past eight years Hats for Hope has raised $338,000 to fight Breast Cancer. McKinney explained that it was something she wanted to do because just like everyone else cancer has affected those she loves whether it be family, friends, or co-workers. McKinney made two beautiful hats this year in honor of her grandmother Agnes Rogers and friend Donna Jo Wafford. Hats for Hope is a great illustration of the idea that you don’t have to do something spectacular to make a difference. You don’t have to make a difference in the lives of many. Simply making the difference in one life or helping one person can make a larger impact than you could ever imagine. Not only in the life of someone else but in your life as well. For more information on the event you can visit www.hatsfor "RED RAGE" Come Come on Powell fans, wear red and support the Pirates and and Lady Pirates next Monday and Tuesday night. 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