Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


June 18, 2014

Tackett pleads not guilty

June 18, 2014 — An Olive Hill man pleaded innocent Monday in Carter Circuit Court to attempted murder.

Robert Tackett, 47, was indicted May 9 for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck, a class B felony. Mrs. Tackett survived the incident.

Tackett's attorney, Mike Fox, waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. The initial pretrial conference in the case was scheduled for Aug. 19.

Tackett is currently being held in the Carter County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

Judge Rebecca Phillips advised Fox to wait on a motion for a bond amendment.

“We had a return of indictments on Friday which are still being processed,” Phillips said. “No one has seen those yet and it will take a while to process them. However, there has been an additional indictment against you which will impact bond.”

Phillips said she expected the warrant and additional indictment to be served later this week.

Another Olive Hill man who is accused of murder also appeared in court Monday.

Ricky D. Flannery, 50, was indicted on the capital offense of murder and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

On Aug. 20, 2013, Flannery drove while allegedly intoxicated, leading to the death of Allen Tabor, 54, also of Olive Hill. Tabor was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on KY 147.

Flannery's attorney, David Mussetter, said that he is working with Commonwealth's Attorney Brandon Ison to resolve the case.

“I do expect to be filing some motions regarding discovery but I will bring it up long before the trial,” Mussetter said.

The case will return to court for an additional pretrial conference on Aug. 4. The jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by phone at 474-5101.

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