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
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.