Last updated: July 17. 2014 4:47PM - 3305 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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The Thursday session of Harlan Circuit Court saw a trial date set for a man charged with the 2013 murder of Damiano Delaney.

Jody Cooper, 25, of Cumberland, was arrested along with Justin Miller, 29, also of Cumberland, on Feb. 17, 2013 following a Kentucky State Police investigation into the death of Delaney.

Otis Doan, Cooper’s attorney, started things off by asking Judge Henry Johnson to set a trial date for his client.

Johnson asked Doan how much time he required to prepare for trial. Doan stated that he would need approximately three months, asking for the trial to be set in October.

After checking for available dates, Johnson set the case for trial on Oct. 29, with a pre-trial hearing set on Sept. 18.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Karen Davenport and Jonathan Lee represented the state.

Miller was also scheduled for a court appearance on Thursday. His case was continued until Aug. 7.

Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jackie Pickrell said in a press release issued shortly after Cooper and Miller’s arrest that KSP Post 10 received a call in reference to a possible murder at 1413 HWY 522 at Rosspoint. Upon arrival units discovered Delaney in the yard. Cooper and Miller were arrested at the scene and transported to the Harlan County Detention Center.

Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich pronounced Delaney dead at the scene.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said at the time the shooting was possibly drug-related and Delaney had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Cooper was arraigned on March 7, 2013 on charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

Miller was also arraigned on March 7, 2013 on charges of complicity to murder, first-degree facilitating a robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

In other court activity:

• Milburn Glover, 47, was sentenced to 12 months in jail on an amended charge of possession of a controlled substance. Glover was granted 12 months probation. The probation will be unsupervised. Glover was ordered to pay $130 in court costs and restitution in the amount of $150;

• Stevie Decarlos Prather, 52, of Harlan, was sentenced on a charge of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance to three years in prison. Prather was granted probation for a period of three years. His probation will be supervised. Prather was ordered to pay $300 in restitution within six months.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161, or on Twitter #joe_hde.

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