Wisdom to stand trial for murder beginning April 15
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Keith Virgin (above left), defense attorney for murder suspect Dwight Wisdom (above center), spoke Friday morning at a pre-trial conference held at the Trigg County Justice Center. Pictured in the background is Trigg County Jailer James Hughes.</i>
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Keith Virgin (above left), defense attorney for murder suspect Dwight Wisdom (above center), spoke Friday morning at a pre-trial conference held at the Trigg County Justice Center. Pictured in the background is Trigg County Jailer James Hughes.

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Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey (above) said Friday morning that murder suspect Dwight Wisdom’s leaving the scene of a Dec. 5, 2011, shooting was evidence of flight.</i>
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Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey (above) said Friday morning that murder suspect Dwight Wisdom’s leaving the scene of a Dec. 5, 2011, shooting was evidence of flight.

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Evidence of murder suspect Dwight Wisdom’s alleged flight after a Dec. 5, 2011, fatal shooting at the Trigg County Recreation Complex will be admissible at his trial, set to start at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 15.

That is what 56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III tentatively ruled at the final pre-trial conference, held at 9 a.m. on Friday in the Circuit Courtroom at the Trigg County Justice Center – where the trial will also take place. He said it was a preliminary ruling because nothing was in writing yet.

On March 27, 56th Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey filed a motion to bring in evidence that Wisdom, accused in the murder of Cadiz man Eric Jones, fled the scene after the shooting. Woodall’s order from Feb. 18 states that no new evidence was to introduced after March 22, a fact acknowledged by all parties at the pre-trial hearing.

“Case law suggests to the Commonwealth that evidence of flight is admissible,” Ovey said. “I knew it was late … but it’s relevant. He shot Eric Jones and he fled, pure and simple.”

However, Wisdom’s defense attorney Keith Virgin and co-counsel Tonya Fleming wanted that evidence ruled inadmissible. Virgin said that if the Commonwealth introduced evidence of flight, Wisdom wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial.

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