Eight murders, 42 discs of evidence, one suspect

Ricky Kelly
Ricky Kelly

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Detectives and Prosecutors believe Ricky Kelly played a significant role in several Louisville area murders over the years.  While he's behind bars now, the grunt work is just beginning.

His case won't be quick or short by any means, given all the crime scenes, dates, and evidence.  In fact, even the attorneys involved are feeling the pinch.

Wearing an orange jump suit and handcuffs Monday morning, Kelly appeared in front of Judge Irv Maze, in what will be one of many court appearances.

Detectives linked Kelly him to eight area homicides, which stretch all the way back to 1996.  The file on all of that alone is enough to complicate this case.

"25 discs or CDs; there is more coming but getting all the systems to talk to one another get the copied correctly is going to take a little bit of time," said the Prosecutor in the case.

That's just a first blush of how much information the prosecution will begin handing over to the defense this week so they can begin building a case.

When all's said and done a total of 42 discs will change hands.

"Any case of this nature, we expect it to be complex and for the discovery to be voluminous," said Kelly's public defender.

Kelly was already behind bars for weapon charges when on a hot summer day in early July he found himself in even more hot water.  That's when detectives said they cracked a string of cold cases and worked to bring charges against Kelly.

While it could be years for a conclusion in this case, it's one day at a time for the attorneys involved.

"We were pleased to see the discovery phase begin on Mr. Kelly's case.  We got the first bit of the discovery.  We expect the rest of it by the end of the week," his Public Defender said.

A discovery is basically a look at a lot of the evidence in a case.

Kelly previously pled not guilty to the crimes and later requested new public defenders.

What also has to be worked out is where he will continue to housed, since he's been serving time at a correctional facility and not a jail.

Both sides will be back in court in December for an update on where things stand, meaning it will be at least 2011 before a potential trial could begin.

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