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Hunt murder case still waiting on lab tests

BY ANDREA MOORE amoore@paducahsun.com

CLINTON - Lab tests are still not back on the homemade bat found by defense attorneys in the Kendrick Hunt murder case.  

Hickman County Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy told the court Thursday that the central lab in Frankfort is taking around four to six months to get items processed.  

However, Stacy did advise the court that a hair was found by the lab that processed the stick in Madisonville, and that the lab believed the stick was recently cut.  

Hunt's attorneys found a homemade bat during a walk-through of the murder scene four days before Hunt was supposed to go to trial.  The defense believes the bat is the murder weapon used to beat Derek Moore to death and had been at the scene unprotected from the elements for two years.   

Moore, 30, of Cunningham, was found on the side of a road in Fulton County in September of 2011.  He later died at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. 

Jeremy Irons, Connel Mounday and Hunt were all arrested six months after Moore was found and indicted on charges of capital murder, capital kidnapping and first-degree robbery.  Irons and Mounday pleaded guilty to lesser charges of tampering with physical evidence and wanton endangerment.  They received 15 years and are required to serve only 20 percent of their sentences before they become eligible for parole.  

Hunt's defense attorney, Tom Griffiths, asked the court to set a status hearing for July 17 to see if test results on the stick are back by then.  Griffiths also advised the court that his office is seeking co-counsel since defense attorney Abigail Barnes announced she was leaving.    

"If testing is not back by July it will definitely be a concern," Griffiths said.  "But no matter what happens, we will be ready for trial in October."

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