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Commonwealth offers plea to man accused of shooting deputy

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By Stephen Lega

The Commonwealth’s Attorney has made a plea offer to Dewayne Shipp, the man facing murder charges in connection with the death of Marion County Deputy Sheriff Anthony Rakes.

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According to court records, the offer was made Nov. 21 in Marion Circuit Court.

Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly has scheduled another hearing for Dec. 5 to review Shipp’s response to the offer. The details of the offer are not yet available.

Previously, the Commonwealth did file a motion indicating it intended to seek the death penalty against Shipp. 

Rakes was shot Nov. 14, 2012, after he pulled over to check on a vehicle stopped on Danville Highway just outside Lebanon city limits. He later died during surgery as a result of gunshot wounds to his abdomen.

Shipp was arrested later in Campbellsville in the same vehicle that Rakes had stopped to check on Danville Highway.

In addition to the murder charge, Shipp was also indicted for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Shipp remains in custody at the Kentucky State Reformatory.

A trial has been tentatively scheduled for April 14, 2014.