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Ronald Fairchild, 43, (in red shirt), looks on as his defense attorney, Paul Cox, at right, objects to a comment made about a crime scene investigation. Fairchild is accused of murdering a Goddard couple.

    The murder trial of Ronald Fairchild, 43, in Rowan County, is expected to last until at least the first week of December, court officials said Monday.  

    He is accused of the 2005 double murder of a Fleming County couple.  

    Opening arguments for both sides started last week.  

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Kate Hendrickson is being assisted by Gary Adkins.  Defense attorneys are Assistant Public Advocate Paul Cox and Greg Griffith.  

    As of Monday afternoon, the state had called about 11 witnesses.

    The topic of discussion since last week has been on whether or not Fairchild’s DNA is linked to five pieces of crime scene evidence: shell casings, a Marlboro cigarette pack, a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can and a Master padlock and hasp.

    The jury was selected a week earlier.

    The trials of Fairchild and two other men accused of the murders were moved to Rowan County when defense attorneys asked for a change of venue.

    Rodney “Dwayne” Dodson, 37, of Dayton, Ohio, pleaded guilty Sept. 14 in Rowan Circuit Court to two counts of complicity to murder and one count of first-degree robbery.

    Jason Jackson, 34, pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to two counts of complicity to murder, robbery, burglary and tampering with physical evidence.

    Dodson and Jackson reportedly agreed to testify against Fairchild.

    All three were charged with murder last May in the deaths of Donald Walker, 43, and Marlene Mauk, 23, both of Goddard.

    Dodson and Jackson will be sentenced in December.

    The Walker-Mauk murders were the first to be solved as part of the Kentucky Unsolved Cases Playing Card initiative.

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