Trial expected to start Tuesday, Aug. 27

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Columbia man accused of shooting Campbellsville man


A Columbia man, who is accused of shooting a Campbellsville man, is expected to face a jury of his peers Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Richard "Ricky" H. Humphress, 51, of 2275 Hovious Ridge Road, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in March 2011 and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.

Humphress is accused of shooting a Campbellsville man on Jan. 30, 2011.

According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies received a complaint reporting a shooting in the Elk Horn community.

After arriving at the scene, deputies were told that Humphress had shot Tony Vaughn, then 52, in the back.

Vaughn told deputies he was riding in a wagon pulled by mules on DKB Road when Humphress allegedly drove up behind him, got out of his truck and shot him in the back with a shotgun.

Court records state that Vaughn had five buck shot pellets in his back. He was treated at Taylor Regional Hospital and released.

Bond for Humphress was set at $10,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with Vaughn.

Humphress is expected to appear in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 a.m. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 25 years in prison.

There are several other trials set for the day, according to court records, though officials said at press time that the Humphress trial is scheduled to proceed before any others.

Taylor Circuit Court Clerk's Office staff members have sent notices to 95 potential jurors.