Trial of Kenneth Colvett started Monday

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

From Staff Reports

Jury selection for a murder trial took all day Monday and continued Tuesday.

The accused is Kenneth Colvett, 57, who is charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife, Bessie Kay Redd Clark Colvett, on April 7, 2012.

According to Tribune stories at the time, the victim's daughters became suspicious when their mother was not at church on April 8, Easter Sunday. Colvett gave evasive and conflicting answers to their questions about her whereabouts, and police were dispatched to the couple's home at 606 Wood Crest Street, Lewisburg.

Police Officer John Christmas reported what happened at the house.

"I asked him if he knew where Kay was at," wrote Christmas. "He stated that he did not know where she was and that he 'hoped I could find her because they sure had some good times together.'"

Lewisburg Police Cpl. Tracy Teal was also present and ordered everyone to leave the house, and then, according to Christmas, "Kenneth stated that I should just go ahead and put him in handcuffs."

"Teal asked Kenneth if Kay was in the shed and he said yes," Christmas continued. "Kenneth said, 'She tried to kill me.'"

Christmas reported he got the key to the storage shed from where Colvett said it was in the house, and when officers opened the shed door, they found Kay Colvett's body, with multiple stab wounds, partially wrapped in a quilt.

Colvett has been held without bond since his arrest on April 8, 2012.

According to a prospective juror, members of the jury pool were asked Monday if they had any "mental issues," and the 30 or so who raised their hands were taken out of the courtroom one by one for individual 15-minute interviews. Members of the jury pool were not dismissed until nearly 6 p.m. the prospective juror reported.

Tuesday, questioning of prospective jury members by Asssistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard continued. By noon, the pool had been narrowed to 56 people, said Tribune intern Kelsey Keny who was in the courtroom. Because of air-conditioning problems, the room was much hotter than usual, and paper fans were distributed. Defense attorney Walter Bussart had not even started questioning prospective jurors when the Tribune went to press.