Opening statements and the beginning of testimony in an Elizabethtown murder more than 16 months ago is expected to begin Wednesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court after a jury was selected Monday.
A jury of six men and eight women will hear the case against Lisa Renee Harvey, 51, of Elizabethtown and Rick Aaron Fisher, 44, of Louisville. They are charged in the June 2018 beating death of Andrew Folena. According to an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville, Folena, 58, died from blunt force trauma to multiple areas of his body.
It took the prosecution and defense attorneys about six hours Monday to select the 14 jurors from a jury pool.
Harvey and Fisher are charged in the death of Folena, who was found buried June 9, 2018, in a shallow grave on property off Ring Road. Authorities went to the area after receiving an anonymous tip in a 911 call about a possible homicide on Ralph Franklin Road.
Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Elizabethtown Police Department officers arrived at the home at 6:14 p.m. that day and found Harvey and Fisher at the residence. Fisher was “sweating heavily” coming from a wooded area by a barn near the home where Folena’s body later was found, a citation said.
According to arrest citations, Harvey was engaged to Folena and also was in a relationship with Fisher when Folena’s body was found. Authorities said Folena had been dead a few days when his body was recovered beneath a few inches of dirt not far from a home he rented.
Both are charged with murder and could spend the rest of their lives in prison, if convicted. If found guilty of murder, both will be sentenced to at least 20 years in prison. Harvey and Fisher have been held in lieu of $500,000 cash bonds in the Hardin County Detention Center since their arrests.
Both also are charged with tampering with physical evidence, while Fisher, who was on probation for a drug offense, also is charged with a probation violation. He had been released 11 days prior to Folena’s body being found.
Folena was a native of River Grove, Illinois, and worked at UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Elizabethtown at the time of his death. He is survived by a son, according to his obituary.
Fisher is represented by public defender Erin Hartman and Harvey is represented by public defender Ashley Michael. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon is prosecuting the case.
The trial resumes at 9 a.m. today in Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom.