Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, KY)
July 29, 2006
ACCIDENT VICTIM GETS $700,000 SUED OWN INSURANCE COMPANY FOR UNDERINSURED CLAIM
Author: Brandon Ortiz, Herald-Leader Staff Writer
A Fayette County jury awarded more than $700,000 this week to a Corbin woman who suffered neck and shoulder injuries in a 2002 car wreck. On Sept. 24, 2002, James B. Akers, of Beattyville, was driving a Chevy truck at the intersection of Man o’ War Boulevard and Prosperous Place when he clipped the left bumper of Marcia Ashley’s Ford van. Ashley, 54, who complains of neck pain and chronic headaches from soft-tissue injuries, settled her claim against Akers’ insurance company, Kentucky Farm Bureau, in August 2004 for the $50,000 policy limit. Ashley, formerly a hospital surgical technician, then sued her insurance company, State Farm, for underinsured motorist coverage. She and her attorney, Randy Jewell of Barbourville, could not be reached for comment.
Times-Tribune (Corbin, KY)
April 11, 2007
KNOX JURORS FIND SMITH NOT GUILTY
By Tim Woerner, Staff Writer
Jurors in Knox Circuit Court took less than one hour to exonerate Ginger Smith – accused of murdering her husband Joe – after closing arguments concluded late Tuesday in the second and final day of her trial.
The not guilty verdict capped a case that was initially considered a suicide after Joe Smith’s death on Oct. 28, 2005 but was followed by the indictment of Ginger Smith in July 2006. “She’s probably a little smarter than everyone thought she was”, said Shorty Smith, Joe’s father. “I think the commonwealth did a good job. I think they did what they could. There’s no one to blame, she’s just a mean person and she got away with it.”
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele reminded jurors in his closing remarks that Ginger Smith’s three statements to police differed substantially, asking why she would change her story if it was true. “Why do people lie?” Steele asked. “To get out of trouble … It just so (happened) that this time she (knew) where every shot was fired in the house”, Steele continued, referencing her third statement to police. “Who in the world hands a drunk person who’s threatening to kill her a pistol to put up?”
Defense attorney Randy Jewell called the prosecution’s case circumstantial. “There is no doubt Joe Smith died and there is no doubt Joe Smith died of a gunshot wound”, Jewell said in his closing statement. “After that, there is plenty of doubt.