Amis Case Begins-Murder Charge Sticks PDF Print
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 05:36

A preliminary hearing was held yesterday in the Barren County District Courtroom in front of the Honorable Judge John Alexander in the case of the Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. John William Amis.

The Commonwealth Attorney John Gardner addressed the Court first and questioned the state’s sole witness, Detective Eric Cowan.  Cowan has been with the Glasgow Police Department for four years and has been a Detective since June of last year.

Cowan testified that on June 16th of this year Amis called 911 Dispatch advising he was on his way to TJ Samson Hospital with his wife who had potentially overdosed.  Officers with the Glasgow Police Department responded to the scene.  Cowan stated that Barren County Coroner Mike Swift called him at his office, just before 2pm and asked that he come to TJ Samson.  Upon arrival,  Cowan saw Amis outside the ER speaking with Officers.  Cowan went inside and saw the deceased body of Lorine Lobombard, and could see visible bruising and blood on Lobombard’s fingers.  Pictures were taken of the body.

Amis left TJ and met Officers back at his residence.  Amis told Officers she may have been assaulted a couple of days before he took her to TJ.   Officers noticed a red spot on Amis hand, but didn’t take specific pictures of his hands, only his body in general.

On the 17th, one day after Lobombard was pronounced dead, an autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.  The medical examiners report also listed injuries as ‘acute’, and stated they could have been obtained anywhere from 24-48 hours prior to being dropped off at TJ.  Cowan also added the medical examiner’s report had not been finalized as of yesterday afternoon.

On the 18th of June, Officers applied for a search warrant to x-ray Amis’ hands to check for possible injury.  That warrant was never able to be executed.  Cowan was cross-examined by Amis’s attorney Greg Berry.

After hearing both sides Judge Alexander’s ruled that there was enough evidence to present the MURDER charge before the Grand Jury, but there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a charge of TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.  Judge Alexander did add that additional testimony could be presented before the grand jury to result in an additional charge.

Judge Alexander also denied the request to lower the bond amount.  Bond for Amis is currently set at $1million cash.  A decision from the Grand Jury is expected in the next few weeks.


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