Family asks for answers as alleged murderer appears in court

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - April 16
A man pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Tuesday.

Police said Wesley Martin shot Jordan Tackett, who went missing in late February and was found in a shallow grave behind Martin's home more than a month later.

In a court hearing where all of Jordan Tackett's family was on hand, Wesley made eye contact with a supporter of his and members of Tackett's family.

"It was hard, our families emotions are running high," said James Hunter Jordan's cousin.

The judge reduced Martin's bond from $2 million down to $250,000 cash. The pre-trial report stated that Martin is at risk of committing more crimes if he is released. This move came as a shock to Tackett's family.

"Now if I understand correctly what happened in court is they reduced his murder charge from $2,000,000 to $250,000," Said Hunter

As Martin was leaving the courtroom a member of Tackett's family burst out saying "you're a monster!" Martin just looked at them.

Martin is scheduled to be back in court on July 25th.

April 10
Wednesday, a Floyd County grand jury indicted a man for murder.

Police arrested Wesley Martin last week. They said he shot Jordan Tackett and then buried his body in a shallow grave behind his home.

Tackett went missing in late February.

From the indictment, it appears police believe he was killed that same month.

The grand jury also indicted Martin on a second-degree persistent felony offender charge.

Martin is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court April 16.

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