GRAYSON A Carter County man accused of killing his grandfather-in-law in October 2018, then putting a hit out on a witness and two investigators is still on track for a May 12 trial date, attorneys said.

Despite a possible conflict with one of the lead investigators who has been subpoenaed for the May 11 trial of the Boyd County Detention Center inmate case, Carter County Circuit Judge Rebecca K. Phillips said she is going ahead with the murder trial of 30-year-old Matthew D. Kelley, of Grayson. After the disposition of that case, a trial will be scheduled in the solicitation of murder case.  

After Commonwealth’s Attorneys raised the concern, Phillips reminded them the Kelley trial was scheduled first, as the Boyd County case was orignally set for late January.

“I want Mr. Kelley to have first-case priority, and I have some long cases scheduled on the docket after his. The earliest I can get him in is last week of June,” Phillips said. “I’m not trying to be territorial here, but this has been scheduled out and is on track.” 

Phillips set a pretrial conference in the murder case and the separate solicitation for murder case on March 30 to “make sure things are on track.”

Kelley is accused of gunning down 81-year-old Bradley Duncan inside a home on Rocky Lane. In July 2019, a Carter County grand jury indicted Kelley on two counts of solicitation of police officers and one count of solicitation of murder. Kentucky State Police said Kelley tried to get someone to kill two of their investigators on the Bradley case and a witness.

Kelley is currently held at the Carter County Detention Center.

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