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Shelby County Goldsmith murder case continued

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Full docket Monday yields many new court dates

By Lisa King

Marcus Goldsmith, charged with murder and other offenses in the March 16 stabbing death of Keith Jackson, was one of many high profile cases in Shelby Circuit Court Monday.

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Goldsmith, 53, received a new court date of Aug. 20 for a status conference.

He is charged with murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault (domestic violence) and tampering with physical evidence following the stabbing death of Jackson at his apartment at 901 Main St.

Police had responded shortly after midnight to a 911 call of someone injured and bleeding, and when they arrived, they discovered Jackson lying just inside the doorway of his apartment. He was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where he was pronounced dead as a result of stab wounds.

Detectives said Goldsmith went to Jackson’s apartment armed with a knife and allegedly stabbed him twice in the torso before fleeing. The additional charges stem from an incident that happened a few hours earlier, detectives said, when Goldsmith went to Jackson’s apartment and assaulted a woman there that he used to live with.

He remains lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center.

The charge of murder can encompass various penalties, depending upon its classification, including being a capital offense, punishable by death. 

 

Hearing for Bruner

Mark Bruner, who is charged with second-degree assault in connection with the Nov. 5 beating of Denisse Escareno, who was left brain-damaged by the side of Mount Eden Road, has been rescheduled for a status hearing on Aug. 20.

Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville, is charged with beating Escareno, 24, who was either thrown from his truck or jumped out in attempt to escape him. She was discovered barely alive by passersby.

Police have said he have picked Escareno up as she was walking to a cell phone store. Escareno, who was in a coma for nearly two months, regained consciousness, but remains unresponsive. She was been taken back to Arizona by her family.

Bruner has been lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center under a $100,000 cash bond since the incident.

Second-degree assault is a Class B felony that carries a penalty to 10 to 20 years in prison.

 

KCIW case gets new date

James, B. Johnson, 52, a correctional officer at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pewee Valley, who was charged with sexual abuse of inmates last summer, was given a court date of Aug. 8 for a pretrial conference.

Johnson was arrested in July 2011 and charged with 21 counts of second-degree sexual abuse and 7 counts of official misconduct and 1 count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, as well as 1 count of first-degree promotion of contraband.

Kentucky State Police Det. Kevin Calhoon said that Johnson, a sergeant at the prison, where he has worked for 9 years, was supplying controlled substances to female inmates and sexually abusing them.

He said he did not know how long the alleged abuse had been occurring.

Johnson has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Second-degree sexual abuse carries a penalty of up to a year in jail for each charge. The official misconduct charge carries the same penalty.

 

Poole case gets new date

Linda Poole, a Bagdad woman who was indicted in February for embezzling more than $110,000 from her employer, also received a new court date on Monday.

Poole was put on the docket for Aug. 20 for a status hearing.

Poole, 57, was indicted on 11 counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, 2 counts of theft by unlawful taking by disposition and 7 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in connection with thefts from Amen East, an auto salvage business in Bagdad.

The indictment said the thefts took place over a space of one year, from September 2010 to September 2011. The forged instruments were checks drawn on Citizens Union Bank from September through November 2010, KSP Det. Ben Wolcott said. The checks were written in amounts ranging from $208 to $777, for a total of $4,031.

Poole had been working at the business for a couple of years, Wolcott said, adding that Poole has been terminated from her job there.

Theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 is a Class C felony, punishable by 5 to 10 years in jail for each offense.