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January 18, 2013

Teen pleads not guilty to murder plot

Somerset —  

A Pulaski County teen-ager, who allegedly took part in a plot to kill a friend’s parents, appeared in court this week.
Paul Scott Young, 18, of Springview Drive, Somerset, appeared in Pulaski District Court Friday and pleaded not guilty to two charges of attempted murder, according to Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield. 
Young was arrested early Wednesday morning after police say he stabbed a 17-year-old friend’s father several times in the father’s bedroom. 
Edwin D. Phelps, 43, suffered from several knife wounds to the neck and face area and he was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment, and from there he was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. 
Lt. Det. Brett Whitaker, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, said through a press release that investigators “uncovered a plot by the victim’s 17-year-old son and an 18-year-old friend (Young) to murder the child’s parents (Edwin Phelps and his wife, Laura E. Phelps, 44).
“Investigators found that the juvenile had asked his 18-year-old friend (Young) to kill his parents and allowed him entry into the home earlier in the evening,” Whitaker added in the press release.
Whitaker said Edwin Phelps and Laura Phelps were already in bed and didn’t know their son had let the other suspect into the home.  
Young allegedly went into Phelps’ bedroom and attacked Edwin Phelps “in an attempt to carry out the murder plot,” according to Whitaker. 
Whitaker said Phelps was able to subdue Young — who is listed as 6 feet, 3 inches and 115 pounds on the Pulaski Detention Center’s website — and hold him until help arrived despite suffering from serious knife wounds. 
911 recordings of the incident revealed that Edwin Phelps was able to get Young into a headlock until authorities arrived. 
Laura Phelps was uninjured in the incident, thanks to the quick action of her husband. 

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