A 2011 murder case stemming from the death of Stephen Gibson took another step in Harlan Circuit Court on Wednesday with a trial date set for a man charged with murder.
Tim Turner, 37, of Harlan, is set to stand trial on Dec. 2.
Judge Robert Costanzo presided over the proceedings. Tom Marshal, special prosecutor with the Office of the Attorney General and Turner’s attorney, Rebecca Lytle, were both present via conference call.
Costanza mentioned a motion to set a trial date, asking for available dates to begin Turner’s trial.
After some discussion, Costanzo set Turner’s trial date with proceedings to begin at 9 a.m.
Rachel Osborne, originally charged with murder but entered a guilty plea to amended charges at an earlier date, was scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 2.
A final pretrial conference was also scheduled for Oct. 30.
Gibson, 58, was found dead in his residence at 610 South Main Street in Harlan on June 2, 2011. He was found when Harlan City Police Department officers assisted by members of the Harlan City Fire Department performed a well-being check at Gibson’s residence.
Turner is charged with murder, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, first-degree robbery, kidnapping (victim death), and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
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