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Craig, Fast get new court dates

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By Lisa King

Two high-profile court cases, one involving embezzlement and the other homicide-related, were rescheduled Tuesday in Shelby Circuit Court.

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Kelly Craig, 45, a longtime former employee of Tracy’s Home Furnishings who was charged with stealing thousands from that store, was given a new court date of April 18.

Joshua Fast, 24, charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree burglary, also had been scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, but his case was continued to May 2.

Craig was indicted last summer on five counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. Her indictment document, returned in August 2010, said the thefts occurred over a period of about four and a half years, beginning in January 2006 and running through June of last year.

Her next court appearance is scheduled as a status hearing, which means it could encompass any of several scenarios.

Fast and Timothy Carpenter, both of La Grange, had been charged in connection with the October 2008 death of David Fletcher. They were waiting in a truck outside when Fletcher, 28, went to get some belongings from a home he was vacating and was shot by his former roommate after being mistaken for an intruder. Fletcher later died when they tried to drive him to the hospital and became lost.

The commonwealth attorney’s office offered Carpenter an arrangement to plead guilty to charges of reckless homicide and second-degree burglary, both  carrying a sentence of 5 years each, which he accepted, but Hickman chose to sentence Carpenter to 10 years of probation after hearing a plea for leniency from the victim’s mother, Laura Fletcher.

Fast was to have been offered the same plea arrangement but has been unable to accept, because he has been incarcerated in Oldham County since Nov. 10 on another burglary charge.

If  he makes his next court appearance, he will either be given a chance to accept the plea agreement or be sentenced.

Laura Fletcher’s plea for leniency included Fast as well as Carpenter.