Judge Sets September Hearing For Trigg Murder Suspect

A Hopkinsville man charged in the November 2018 murder of Joey Hayes appeared in Trigg Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon for a pretrial conference.

James Gentry and his defense attorney, Michael Thompson appeared before Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall. Thompson informed the judge it will over a year before forensic testing is completed and he may file a motion to reduce Gentry’s bond before the next court appearance.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins confirmed Thompson’s statement regarding forensics but she disagreed with reducing Gentry’s bond.

Due to scheduling conflicts in October, Judge Woodall set the next pretrial conference for Wednesday afternoon, September 11, at 1:00.

Gentry is charged with murder, first-degree robbery, and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

A state police detective previously testified in court that Gentry admitted he was present when Hayes was shot multiple times and that he also transported him to the location where he was killed. Hayes’ body was found on November 28, 2018, in a hay barn on a farm located at 412 Buffalo Road in Trigg County.