2 more enter pleas connected with Pikeville police officer’s death


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) — The two women named as two of four individuals who allegedly helped to hide a man accused of killing former Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton in March entered into plea agreements for their roles last week in Pike Circuit Court, the Appalachian News Express reported.

Both Amanda D. Dotson, 37, of Pikeville, and Jeanne Blackburn, 44, of Harold, entered into respective plea agreements for their roles in helping to keep John R. Hall, 56, of Pikeville from apprehension as officers sought Hall in connection to the shooting death of Hamilton.

Hall is charged with capital murder for the alleged shooting death of PPD Officer Scotty Hamilton on the night of March 13, and Dotson, Blackburn and two males; Michael T. Slone, 40, of Pikeville, and Greg Dean Slone, 55, of Betsy Layne, were all indicted on charges including hindering apprehension in connection keeping Hall free from custody through March 14 and until his capture at Greg Slone’s residence on March 15.

Hall was in the courtroom awaiting a hearing as Dotson and Blackburn entered their pleas and agreed to cooperate with the investigation into Hall, the newspaper reported

Michael Slone and Greg Slone entered plea agreements in the case during the first week of November. 

Both of the Slones and Dotson each pleaded guilty to a charge of hindering apprehension. Greg Slone also pleaded guilty to one count of promoting contraband at the Pike County Detention Center after his arrest on March 15. 

Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley has recommended a sentence of four years in prison for each of those three defendants.

For Blackburn, the plea agreement was different than the others. Previously in the case, Bartley had described Blackburn as being in a relationship with Hall.

Blackburn’s defense attorney Will Collins and Bartley spoke to Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman about how Blackburn is currently “completing rehab,” with her anticipated completion coming at the end of last week.

For Blackburn, Bartley asked the court to amend her single charge from hindering apprehension to attempt to hinder apprehension, a misdemeanor.



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