LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky woman who has battled to be cleared of killing her boyfriend 16 years ago has won a new trial based on the statements a man made to police.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday concluded that 54-year-old Susan Jean King presented valid newly discovered evidence in the death of 40-year-old Kyle "Deanie" Breeden in Spencer County in October 1998. The ruling overturns a Spencer County judge's decision to let stand King's guilty plea to manslaughter.
Richard Thomas Jarrell Jr., 35, a felon and diagnosed schizophrenic, in 2012 admitted to killing Breeden in what one judge described as "a startling level of detailed facts." Jarrell later recanted his statement. He has not been charged with Breeden's killing.
Breeden body was found in the Kentucky River.
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