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Trial postponed while defendant experiences chest pain

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By Sarah Bennett

A Hardin County jury trial was postponed Thursday when a defendant became ill moments before proceedings were scheduled to resume.

Raymond K. Wilson, 52, faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence in connection to a stabbing last April at a birthday gathering just outside of Elizabethtown.

The trial began Monday with jury selection and continued Wednesday afternoon when jurors heard testimony from the party’s host, victim and another man who punched Wilson, which led to a scuffle that ended with a stabbing.

Proceedings were set to resume at 9 a.m. Thursday when the jury of seven men and seven women were to watch videotaped testimony of the prosecution’s final witness, a Louisville doctor who treated Gerald Wayne Tharpe’s stab wound at University Hospital.

As jurors lined up Thursday morning outside Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom, Wilson complained of chest pain.

Before jurors were allowed to enter the courtroom, Easton explained to attorneys that Wilson has a history of heart issues.

After Hardin County EMS technicians examined him at the Justice Center, Wilson was taken in an ambulance to Hardin Memorial Hospital for evaluation, Easton said.

Jurors were told the trial was delayed because someone involved in the proceedings experienced a medical issue. They were not told specifics.

Hardin County Detention Center confirmed Thursday afternoon Wilson returned to the jail after he was released from the hospital.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said the trial will continue at 9 a.m. today.

After the doctor’s testimony, the prosecution will rest and the defense will begin calling witnesses, which may include Wilson, who claims his actions were in self defense. A defendant is not required to testify.

Wilson is charged with two Class B felonies, which carry a potential maximum sentence of 20 years each in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.