Bedford man arraigned on murder charge
Friday, January 17, 2014 10:00 AM
A Bedford man appeared before a judge in Trimble County Circuit Court Thursday for an arraignment on two charges, including murder.
Robert L. Baldwin III, 26, entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence during the arraignment.
Baldwin is accused of killing 24-year-old Angela Long at her home in November.
Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad noted during the arraignment hearing that Baldwin had been transferred from the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton to the Oldham County Detention Center in LaGrange because of access to counsel and safety concerns.
Both of Baldwin's public defenders, Melanie Lowe and Joanne Lynch, have offices in LaGrange.
The motion to transfer jails - submitted by Baldwin's counsel - also noted relatives or friends of Long were believed to be working or incarcerated at the Carroll County Detention Center, which caused safety and security concerns.
Conrad also said some pretrial hearings may take place in Oldham County for security reasons. Baldwin had to be transported from the Oldham County jail to Trimble County Courthouse for the arraignment hearing Wednesday.
Even though some pretrial hearings may be held outside Trimble County, the upcoming trial would need to take place in the county with a jury selected from a pool of county residents as per law, Conrad said.
"A jury has to be selected from Trimble County," she said during the arraignment.
Any motions to move the trial could be considered at a later date.
Conrad didn't set any potential trial dates during the arraignment, but the judge set a pretrial hearing for March 6 in Oldham County.