First murder trial in 25 years has different results for defendants
by The Cadiz Record
Jul 26, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Until last week, residents of Trigg County hadn’t been witness to a murder trial at their courthouse since 1981. Ironically, the prosecuting attorney in that case was Bill Cunningham, the man who sat as Circuit Judge in what will most likely be the final murder trial in the same building.

The results in that case, however, were entirely different than the verdicts issued last week against two Trigg County men accused of shooting a Princeton man last winter at a Cerulean night spot.

Following about two days of testimony, the prosecutor failed to convince a jury of six men and six women that Michael Cunningham had shot a night clerk at Lake Barkley Lodge and made off with the night’s receipts.

The man had been charged with the murder and robbery but was acquitted after a defense by attorney Tom Osborne that punched holes in the prosecution’s case.

In that case, the prosecution called several witnesses that placed the defendant at the scene about the time of the crime.

Following the acquittal, no one else was ever charged with the murder or robbery.

For the rest of the story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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