The man accused of abusing his stepdaughters and keeping the elder one hidden for more than two months has been found competent to stand trial.
The trial of Daniel Paul York, 52, of Somerset, was initially
scheduled to begin April 1. A local grand jury indicted him in August
2018 on a total of 25 counts including first-degree Rape and
Attempted first-degree Rape, five counts of third-degree Rape,
Kidnapping, three counts of third-degree Sodomy, nine counts of
Incest, two counts of first-degree Unlawful Transaction with a Minor,
Unlawful Use of Electronic Means to Induce a Minor to Engage in
Sexual/Prohibited Activity, Theft of Identity, and Cultivation of
Marijuana 5 or More Plants. He is being held in the Pulaski County
Detention Center in lieu of a $2 million cash-only bond.
The charges involve York's alleged abuse of his stepdaughters, the
elder of which disappeared from her foster home in Monticello on
March 15 and was found safe May 31 with York at the Ky. 461 residence
of Kevin Gil Prewitt, 57, of Somerset.
In a separate indictment, Prewitt and 48-year-old Ken Morris
Richardson, also of Somerset, were charged with Complicity to
Kidnapping of a Minor. A motion from Assistant Commonwealth's
Attorney David Dalton to consolidate the cases after the initial
trial date was continued was denied on April 12.
In June, York's attorney Greg Ousley filed a motion to determine
York's competency to stand trial—delaying a September 23 trial date.
After he was evaluated at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric
Center (KCPC), the defense waived a hearing on September 19 and
stipulated to the findings of the KCPC report. Pulaski Circuit Judge
Jeffrey Burdette entered his order on the matter on October 10.
A new trial date has yet to be set. York is scheduled to appear
along with Richardson and Prewitt for a pretrial conference on November 21.