KY Supreme Court Overturns Conviction in Death of Child

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Update 11p.m. 6/20/13

Todd County, Ky. - The murder conviction of a Todd County man has been overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

In 2011 seventeen year Old Garrett Dye was convicted of murdering his nine year old adopted sister Amy Dye by beating her to death with a jack handle.

Today the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned that conviction after discovering police told dye he would face the death penalty and likely lose if he didn't plea guilty a penalty he was not eligible for as a minor. Out of dozens asked about the case in Todd County, only one woman was willing to discuss the issue.

"Doesn't make it any difference, the facts are the facts. And if you're guilty, retrial isn't going to make you un-guilty," said Logan County resident Marlene Sisk.

Sisk says a retrial won't make a difference.

"I don't think they should have a new trial. Every time they have something like this going on they always have a new trial, new trial and it just costs more money and stuff like that. And I don't know whether it's going to help anything, I don't know if he should get any less penalty and all that because I don't have anything to say about that, but still, you've got to pay for what you do," said Sisk.

The Commonwealth Attorney of Todd and Logan counties released this statement regarding the retrial.

"I have reviewed the Kentucky Supreme Court decision issued today in Commonwealth vs. Garrett Dye. While I respect the Court's reasoning and decision in this case, the Supreme Court's ruling will affect adversely the strength and availability of the evidence to be presented by the Commonwealth at trial. I plan however, to pursue justice for Amy Dye and anticipate that the case will be set for trial in November in Todd Circuit Court," said Todd and Logan Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling.

Records were later released showing that social workers either ignored or dismissed allegations of abuse and neglect against the child.
Garrett Dye was originally sentenced to 50 years in prison.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The conviction and 50-year prison sentence of a Kentucky teenager has been overturned after the Kentucky Supreme Court concluded his confession was coerced.

The high court on Thursday ordered a new trial for 19-year-old Garrett Thomas Dye. Dye was convicted in 2011 of beating his adopted sister, 9-year-old Amy Dye, to death.

Justice Will T. Scott concluded that police improperly told Dye, then 17, that if he didn't confess, a jury would convict him and hand down a death sentence. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that anyone under 18 is ineligible for execution.

The case drew the attention of state lawmakers. Records were released showing that social workers either ignored or dismissed allegations of abuse and neglect against the child.

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