Trial resumes for man accused of killing Versailles boy
The jury trial of an Indiana man accused of murdering a 6-year-old Versailles boy resumed on Tuesday, with the defense calling the former nurse’s ex-girlfriend to the stand.
Also testifying on Tuesday was a Kentucky medical examiner who described the stab wounds inflicted on Logan Tipton, who was stabbed to death in an upstairs bedroom of his family’s Versailles home in December 2015.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Keith Eardley argued in his opening statement last week that Ronald Exantus took a synthetic drug that caused a psychosis and urged the jury to find him guilty of murder.
Public Defender Bridget Hofler said that mental illness and not a drug led to Logan’s death. She asked the jury to find Exantus not guilty by reason of insanity.
“Everything changed that night,” said Eardley in his opening statement. “It changed for the Tipton family. Their lives will never be the same. And it changed for Versailles. Versailles will never be the same.”
Exantus could face the death penalty if found guilty of murder. He’s also been charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.
The trial was moved from Versailles to Lexington by Special Judge Phil Patton.
In his order granting the defense’s motion for a change of venue, Patton ruled that it would be impossible to seat a fair and impartial jury in Woodford or in the other adjoining counties (Bourbon and Scott) that comprise the 14th Judicial Circuit.