HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky — The judge overseeing the 20-year-old slaying case involving two former Oak Grove police officers has declined to step aside.
Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins on Thursday turned away a defense request to recuse himself because of his prior involvement with the prosecutor's office at the time of the killings. The Kentucky New Era reported that Atkins (http://bit.ly/1nAYHE9 ) said wasn't involved in the investigation into the deaths of 22-year-old Candace Belt and 18-year-old Gloria Ross at the New Life Fitness and Massage Parlor on Sept. 20, 1994.
Two former officers, 44-year-old Edward T. Carter and 51-year-old Leslie A. Duncan, and a third man, 40-year-old Frank J. Black Jr., are charged in the slayings.
Carter, Black and Duncan are each being held on $1 million bonds. Their trial is set for September.
Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com