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Hearing rescheduled for alleged shooter of Deputy Anthony Rakes

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By Stephen Lega

The man accused of murdering Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes has not yet decided if he will accept a plea agreement offer from the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Dewayne Shipp, 50, was originally scheduled to have a hearing Dec. 5 in Marion Circuit Court, but that hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 13.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney made the offer to Shipp on Nov. 21, according to court records, but the details of that offer are not yet available.
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.
Previously, the Commonwealth filed a motion indicating it intended to seek the death penalty against Shipp.
Shipp remains in custody at the Kentucky State Reformatory.

In other circuit court news:
- Daniel C. Stovall, 43, of 501 W. Main Street in Plainfield, Ind., was sentenced to one year in prison for third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking under $10,000, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglar’s tools. He was ordered to pay $3,500 in restitution.
- Joshua Christian Johnson, 39, of 6624 W. Ohio Street in Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced to one year in prison for third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking under $10,000, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglar’s tools. He was ordered to pay $3,500 restitution.
- Richard Ezra England Jr., 54, of 732 Palestine Road in Campbellsville pled guilty to DUI fourth offense, driving on a DUI suspended license, and failure to/or improper signal. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail for driving on a DUI suspended license and failure to signal.
- Robert Cox, 27, of 6309 Woodlawn in Bardstown received five years of probation for third-degree assault, first-degree disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication in a public place. He was ordered to pay $175 court costs.
A charge of second-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.
- John Turner II, 49, of 343 Linda Avenue in Lebanon received 12 months of probation for theft by deception under $500 (two counts). He was ordered to pay $1,111.94 restitution to Higdon’s Appliance Center and $575 to Lebanon Jewelry plus a 5 percent clerk’s fee.
Sentencing pending
- Scott Thomas Allen, 32, of 834 Frogtown Road in Loretto pled guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment and DUI first offense. His sentencing for the wanton endangerment has been scheduled for Jan. 9.
For the DUI, he was sentenced to the minimum time served and he was ordered to pay a $200 fine and costs. His license was suspended for 90 days, and he was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation.
- Ronald Lee Cowherd, 42, of 52 Maple Street Apt. #2 in Lebanon pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second or subsequent offense (more than four grams of cocaine). His sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 9.
A charge of second-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.
Dismissals
- A charge of first-degree promoting contraband was dismissed against Kathy Ann Lyvers, 27, of 1397 St. Francis Road in St. Francis because she completed her diversion program.
- A charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance was dismissed against Stephen D. McKenzie, 40, 108 Holly Hill Motel in Lebanon because of his current medical condition.

Editor’s note: The items listed above are from Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly’s Dec. 5 docket.