Floyd County Circuit Judge Tom Smith denied a request this month to lower the bond for a man accused of killing a 26-year-old Jordan Tackett and burying him in his yard.
An order was filed on July 18 in the case against Wesley Martin, 44, of Wayland, denying a request to lower his $250,000 cash bond.
Assistant Public Advocate Brandis Bradley filed a motion last month seeking the bond reduction to a “more reasonable and appropriate method of pretrial release.” That motion was considered during a July 11 hearing in Floyd Circuit Court.
Martin was indicted in April on one count of murder and one count of allegedly being a persistent felony offender in the second degree. He is currently incarcerated at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Johnson County.
The Kentucky State Police alleges that Martin murdered Tackett by shooting him in February. Tackett’s body was allegedly discovered in April in a shallow grave near Martin’s home, the KSP reported.
Martin was scheduled to appear in Floyd Circuit Court again this week for a preliminary hearing in the case.