Detective Says Man Believed "Demon" Was In Him During Stabbing

(BEATTYVILLE, Ky., February 20th, 2004, 11:30 a.m.) -- A man charged with killing a Lee County woman said a "demon was in him" when he stabbed her to death in November, a state police detective testified this week.

Detective James Devasher recounted Roy Lee Clem's version of the fatal attack at a Beattyville trailer park during a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Clem, 32, is charged with murder in the death of Michele Moore, who was stabbed 14 times. Clem was arrested on Nov. 13. Moore, 33, was once Lee County High School's homecoming queen. Her transformation from a local darling to a self-described junkie was part of a story published by the Lexington Herald-Leader earlier this year. The story was part of a series of articles by the newspaper on drug abuse and its damages in eastern Kentucky.

Clem said he and Moore did many drugs the night she was killed, Devasher testified.

"He said he was wild and acting crazy, and they both lay down on a sofa bed," Devasher said. "He said there was a knife ... under a pillow on the bed. He said something came over him, he got madder than he was before, and he grabbed the knife." Clem began stabbing her, Devasher said.

Lee District Judge Ralph McClanahan II ruled there was probable cause to have Clem's case heard by a grand jury and ordered him held under a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Clem's attorney, public defender John Nelson, tried to show that Clem was high on drugs when he made a pact with prosecutors to confess to murder in exchange for the release of a younger brother jailed on trafficking charges.

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