Man accused of killing 15-year-old Peyton Hurt appears for pretrial hearing

This June 19, 2019, photo shows Tyler Jones in a Livingston County courtroom for a pretrial hearing.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY — A man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl at a party last year in Ledbetter, Kentucky, was in court Wednesday.

Tyler Jones is accused of shooting 15-year-old Peyton Hurt on June 9, 2018. Jones was at first charged with assault, but the charge was changed to first degree murder when Hurt died from her injuries.

In court Wednesday for a pretrial conference, Commonwealth Attorney Carrie Ovey Wiggins made a motion to keep the victim’s toxicology report out of evidence when the case goes to trial. Wiggins argued that the report has no bearing in the case.

Jones’ defense attorney, Audrey Lee, said because she is new to the case, she doesn’t know whether the toxicology report would be important to her client’s defense. She said she wants access to that evidence.

The judge did not rule on the motion Wednesday.

Wiggins also updated the court on evidence still being gathered ahead of trial — saying analysis of Hurt’s phone should be complete soon, and analysis of Jones’ phone should begin soon.

Another pretrial date is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sept. 18. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 17.

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