Man breaks silence in meth-murder case
MURRAY, Ky. - From behind the plated glass of the Calloway County Jail, Dale Earnest is breaking his silence. He says he wants to set the record straight.
"I love my girlfriend with all my heart," he said, adding, "I risked my own life to save her."
He calls it 'preposterous' that he is now charged with her murder. The Hazel home they shared exploded and Patty Bohne died earlier this summer. Prosecutors say, Earnest and a friend were cooking meth.
Hughron Payne and Dale Earnest face numerous charges including wanton murder in the June 12 death of Bohne.
Earnest says he was not cooking meth, "I don't know what she was doing in the trailer, me and him were out in the garage talking."
Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship says this case and these charges will set a new precedent for Kentucky law.
"We began looking at the statute and said this is homicide."
He says what happened at the couple's home was not deliberate, but it was murder.
"Kentucky says there's another kind of murder and that's when your conduct is wanton and it amounts to extreme indifference," he explained of the wanton murder charges.
Earnest says there was no indifference when it came to Patty Bohne, only love, "We were a family and for them to put a blemish on that, shame on them."
He says he is certain he will beat the charges. Both he and Payne will be arraigned August 12.
Prosecutor Mark Blankenship says there is evidence the victim did meth, as well the two suspects. He says her name was in a database that tracks ephedrine sales because she was buying so much.