Accused of murdering great-grandmother, Durham set to mediate assault case with attorneys

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By Calen McKinney


The Campbellsville man accused of killing his great-grandmother and assaulting staff members while incarcerated will soon meet to mediate his case with attorneys.

Jesse Durham, 21, of 102 Eads St., was scheduled to appear before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday.

Instead, Durham was scheduled to meet with attorneys on Friday, April 19, to discuss reaching a plea agreement in the case that accuses him of assaulting Taylor County Detention Center Deputy Daniel Miller.

Durham has remained incarcerated on a $500,000 cash bond since he was arrested and charged with murder in February 2012.

He was indicted last June and charged with assaulting a corrections staff member while in custody.

According to court records, last May 13, Durham refused to be escorted out of his cell and struck Miller on his face.

Durham was charged with third-degree assault and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. If convicted, Durham could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

He is scheduled to face a jury trial in that case on April 30.

On Tuesday, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller, who is prosecuting Durham, said she and defense attorney Public Defender C.B. Bates are still waiting on results from DNA testing to con
tinue with the murder case. At press time, there were no future dates set in Durham’s murder case.

Durham did not appear in court on Tuesday.

He pleaded not guilty to killing his great-grandmother, Elizabeth Arinsmier, in March 2012. If found guilty, he faces as much as life in prison. The prosecution has said Durham likely won’t face the death penalty.

According to court records, Durham told law enforcement that he had argued with his great-grandmother on Feb. 10, 2012, and then struck her with a hammer until she died.

A Campbellsville Police report states that the department received a phone call from Matt Blaine of Cincinnati, Ohio, reporting that he hadn’t had contact with Arinsmier, his 77-year-old mother who lived at 105 Daisy Drive in Campbellsville, for a few days. Blaine asked officers to check on her.

After officers received no answer at Arinsmier’s home, they entered and found her unresponsive and she was pronounced dead. An autopsy ruled the cause of her death was blunt force trauma.

Bates said at a hearing in January that he believes it could be at least a year before Durham’s murder case is ready for trial.

• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.