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Young murder trial set

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By Judy Byrge

    Heather Young’s murder trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 12 but it is yet to be determined if she will actually be tried during this session of Criminal Court.


    Circuit Court Clerk Pam Lively confirmed on Monday that the case is still the primary one set for next week, but added that cases are often continued for one reason or another.
    Young is accused of first-degree murder in the June 25, 2009, shooting death of 61-year-old Memford “Lynn” Hamby of Summers Hill Road in Sunbright.
    Prosecutors are in possession of a recording of a 911 call Hamby made at the time of the shooting.
    Sunbright Police Chief Allen Dagley listened to the recording of the 911 call before charging Young. According to Dagley’s report a gunshot is audible on the recording and Hamby says Young shot him again and asks that the police hurry. Two more gunshots are heard and Hamby’s voice is not heard again, according to Chief Dagley’s narrative.
    Attorney General Russell  said in August 2009 that the recording is “chilling” and says it will be “the key” in the case against Young.
 Young waived her right to a probable cause hearing in August 2009 upon the advice of her attorney. She was then indicted on a charge of first degree murder by the Morgan County Grand Jury in September 2009.
    Young was arrested outside of Hamby’s house on the day of the shooting.
    “She had a gun in her possession wrapped in a bloody towel,” Johnson said at the time.