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January 24, 2013

Teen’s case in death plot is waived to Grand Jury

Young faces 2 counts of attempted murder


Somerset —

Young allegedly attacked Edwin Phelps with a knife, and Trotter stated Edwin Phelps was cut 10 to 11 times. Trotter said most of those wounds were limited to Edwin Phelps’ arm, but he said he was also cut on his ear, and he suffered a puncture wound to his temple that caused a skull fracture.
Despite those injuries, Edwin Phelps reportedly was able to subdue Young by getting him in what Trotter called a “choke hold” until authorities could arrive. 
Edwin Phelps was taken by ambulance to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and later to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He has since been released.
Laura Phelps only suffered minor injuries in the scuffle. 
The 17-year-old, who is not being identified because he is still a minor, appeared to be helping his father when investigators arrived, according to information provided by Lt. Det. Brett Whitaker, with the sheriff’s department. But they soon discovered that the two teenagers had allegedly hatched a plot to kill the couple. 
The juvenile has been charged with two counts of criminal solicitation to murder. 
When asked by Joe Venters, who is defending Young in the case, about Young’s appearance immediately following the incident and during interviews, Trotter described him as “calm.” Venters asked if Trotter found that strange, and Trotter answered that he did. 
Venters also asked whether Trotter had secured any written statements from Young on the incident, and Trotter answered that he hadn’t. 
Trotter said investigators have yet to find a concrete motive behind the plot. He did say that Young had indicated that the two friends had talked about “living in the house once the parents were gone.”
Trotter also said Young had been forbidden from visiting the 17-year-old at the Phelps’ home because he had “possibly took a stolen motorcycle to their house.”

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