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12/21/2012 6:01:00 AM
Judge firm on Kingman murder suspect's trial date
Darrell Ketchner
Darrell Ketchner
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Darrell Ketchner's case may never see the eyes of a jury. A settlement hearing was set on Thursday for Jan. 31.

Ketchner is facing the death penalty for murder and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend's 18-year-old daughter and shooting his ex-girlfriend in the head after breaking into their home on July 4, 2009.

A settlement hearing provides both the prosecution and the defense a chance to settle a case, possibly through a plea deal, without going to trial.

Ketchner's attorney, John Napper, requested Thursday that the trial date of Feb. 21 be moved back to give the two sides time to negotiate a possible settlement.

County Attorney Megan McCoy objected to the request and Superior Court Judge Rick Williams agreed.

"I think both sides need to assume we will go to trial on that date," he said. "If the settlement conference comes through with something, then I may have some explaining to do to the clerk's office who is going to have call all of those jurors and tell them never mind. I'm not inclined to move it any more to accommodate the settlement conference."

Oral arguments in the case are set for Jan. 17.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Lou Ann Ketchner-Gvist

Yes, the families of all involved have been through enough. So why continue to put us all through the torment of preparing for and enduring the trial while costing Mohave County millions of dollars? The fact is my brother is going to spend the rest of his life in prison. A question I pose to Ms. McCoy is - why would you not agree to a settlement which would save large sums of taxpayer money and let all the families move on?

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: Marla Kiriakidis

So here in Kingman you can kill a child and get out of the death penalty, but if you "fix" a cat you get the full wrath of the prosecutor's office. Now we all know the priorities of the DA's office.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Person

This is what is wrong with the world why do we continue to write about a murder why don't you write about the victims let us remeber the people we loved and now are gone, let us forget about the mad people behind the reason they are gone.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

This man deserves due punishment however, When I saw yet another articlel about him I remember the begining of his his problems. A father who had no compassion for a son God had blessed him with. This man took the first fall all by himself thou there were others who were just as guilty. They were able to all go on with their lives as this person began his judicial tumble. One of the most guilty was this man's father who took him down a path of hell. I will never feel justice was duely done surrounding the circumstances of this man's life. His tumble has left him no where to go in life. What a sad waste of person and life!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Roy Leggett

That's Kingman for you. A friend olf mine had a daughter that was raped and the prosecuting attorney's office convenently lost the evidence including the DNA resultes.. In Kingman money buys you anything. I am probablyputting a target on my back but the truth is what it is. Big money runs this towm, especially the prosecuting attorneys office. I wish a investigative reporter would check them out. I am sure there are other cases that are questionable.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: OFFENDED LOCAL

If you have to add his mug it seems more appropriate to use the one off the Dept. of Corrections web site.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Sea Good

How can you Megan McCoy even consider taking the "DEATH PENALTY" off the table and this legal crap "Settlement Hearing" or is this easy way out! Ketchner alreadys believes he is charge, would not get out of county jail cell to go to court, cause he didn't want too! then he wants to go to Prison Now, for other crimes, big man on campus! Maybe you need to talk to the FIRST RESPONDERS police, fire, medical personnel, the horror these people had seen, the 4th of July is never the same! So PLEASE Ms. McCoy don't sweep under the carpet, go for Max!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Proud Hualapai Parent

I agree completely with Kingman Resident. Put him away and lets move on! This should not be taking as long as it has! This family deserves justice and he deserves to be put away!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Victoria Dominguez

I miss you Ariel, you are not forgotten.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

Please just put this dude away so we don't have to hear any more about him. The family has been through enough already.




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