Jerry Smith

Jerry Lee Smith appeared in court on several charges relating to alleged interactions with minors. 

During Tuesday’s Circuit Court hearings, four high-profile cases were pushed back to future dates. Some cases have been continued as far away as November 12.

Accused murderer Glenn Powell made an appearance for a pretrial conference, only to be given a deadline for a plea bargain of September 14, or another hearing on November 6. Powell allegedly shot and killed Glenn Edwards in Powell’s driveway in spring 2018. Powell remains incarcerated in the Knox County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

Eric Lee Smith, charged with attempted murder and two counts of fleeing or evading a police officer, was indicted earlier this year for allegedly attempting to run over a pedestrian with his car, with intent to kill the pedestrian. He then fled the scene of the accident. His appearance Tuesday lead to a scheduled October 4 pretrial conference. Smith is currently lodged in the Knox County Detention Center without bond.

A Flat Lick man charged with prohibited use of electronic communications system to procure minor/peace officer for sexual offenses, distribution of obscene matter to minors first offense, and sexual abuse, first degree, victim under 12 years of age also appeared in court Tuesday. Jerry Lee Smith was arrested in September 2018 after police allege he knowingly engaged in sexual conversations with a disabled 11-year-old female through Facebook Messenger, while he also allegedly masturbated on a video call with the girl while his son was in the bed beside him. Smith is currently being held without bond in the Knox County Detention Center, and will appear in circuit court again on October 4.

A Barbourville man accused of murdering his son on May 11, 2017 was indicted in January 2019 and made an appearance in circuit court Tuesday, only to be rescheduled for a November 12 hearing. Paul Edward Phipps is accused of killing his son, Charles Phipps, whose body was found in a burned house. Phipps was determined to have died by gunshot to the chest. His father was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Phipps is currently out on bond.

Charles is a native of Barbourville, Kentucky. He has worked with The Mountain Advocate in various capacities since 2003.

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