Editor's Note: The following article was originally published in The 

Clinton County News.

    Two Clinton County residents charged in the October murder of Jimmy 

Sidwell, Jr. of Alpha, appeared recently in Circuit Court before 

Judge David L. Williams.

    Michael E. Thompson and Andrea Byler both entered pleas of not 

guilty to charges of murder, first degree robbery and tampering with 

physical evidence.

    Thompson was interviewed by the pretrial release officer and was 

determined to be eligible for the services of the Department of 

Public Advocacy. Attorney Angie Capps of Burkesville was appointed to 

represent the defendant.

    Byler appeared with her defense attorney Thomas Carroll of Monticello.

    Both defendants waived formal arraignment and entered the not guilty 

plea. Judge Williams set a pretrial conference for both defendants 

for February 13, 2014.

    Both Thompson and Byler were arrested on October 27 of this year and 

charged in connection with Sidwell's murder, according to the 

Kentucky State Police.

    The body of Sidwell was discovered the previous afternoon, Saturday, 

October 26, underneath an unoccupied trailer on Cody Lane in Albany.

    According to autopsy reports from the State Medical Examiner's 

Office, the cause of death was multiple stab wounds to the upper torso.

    During the initial course of the investigation, Albany Police Chief 

Ernest Guffey indicated the crime had taken place elsewhere and the 

body moved to the location where it was found.

    "We…determined that it wasn't the initial crime scene because there 

just wasn't enough blood there. With the wounds the body had 

sustained, there would have been a lot of blood," Guffey said.

    After the initial investigation, Byler and Thompson were arrested 

and lodged in Clinton County Jail. KSP Detective Ricky Brooks is the 

lead investigator in the case.

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