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April 27, 2014

Man pleads not guilty in wife's beating death

Grand jury upgrades charge after Priddy succumbs to her injuries

LOUISA — A Lawrence County man accused of murder in the beating death of his wife pleaded not guilty on Friday.

Aaron Uhlmann, 43, of Webbville, was arraigned in Lawrence Circuit Court on charges of murder and kidnapping.

Uhlmann was arrested in December after his wife, Jennifer Priddy, 54, was found beaten and tied up at a residence on Diamond Ridge Road in Webbville. Priddy, who suffered severe head injuries, was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, where she died last month.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Uhlmann fled the scene following the incident and went to a residence on Ky. 1496 near the Lawrence-Carter county line, where he allegedly pointed a shotgun at the man living there and forced him to drive him into Carter County. He then allegedly took all the man’s money, forced him out of the vehicle and drove off.

Uhlmann was arrested Dec. 22 after turning himself in at the Carter County Detention Center.

Uhlmann was originally charged with first-degree assault in his wife’s beating. A Lawrence County grand jury returned a murder indictment against Uhlmann following Priddy’s death. He faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Uhlmann is lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 20.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com.

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