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Defense Releases New Details In Ky. Beating Death

Posted by Tucker Richardson | Dec 03, 2011 | 0 Comments

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – LEXINGTON, Ky. – New details have emerged in the beating death of Umi Southworth, revealing more information about her death and her relationship with her husband.

A document filed in Fayette Circuit Court by defense attorneys this week says the 44-year-old was beaten with a large tree branch and was found with a belt around her neck. Neither had DNA belonging to Donald Southworth, who has been charged with her murder.

The document also says the semen found in Umi Southworth's body did not belong to her husband, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader ( The use of the belt was a previously unreleased detail in the killing.

The woman died in June 2010, the day after the beating. Her death made headlines when Lexington police did not realize for more than three hours that she was still alive.

Donald Southworth's attorney filed the document in response to the prosecution's request to enter testimony from Southworth's previous wife at his trial.

The prosecution has asked a judge whether evidence showing Donald Southworth has a history of domestic violence and sexual perversions is admissible. Graphic accounts of the alleged acts are detailed in the prosecutor's filing.

The prosecutors' request seeks to introduce testimony from Donald Southworth's first wife, Nirmayati Ching Lee Southworth, and Lexington Police Det. William Brislin and Assistant Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Kathy Phillips.

The defense contends the events outlined by prosecutors allegedly happened long ago and involved third parties and argue they are not relevant to the case at hand.

“After the commonwealth introduces evidence that defendant raped a dog, digitally penetrated a ‘baby in diapers,' and poisoned his mother, a murder conviction will be a foregone conclusion. While such allegations might make for sensational tabloid fodder, they have no place in a court of law,” the document filed by defense attorneys Russell Baldani, Tucker Richardson and Michael Rowland said.

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Tucker Richardson

Randolph Tucker Richardson, III, is a founding member and managing partner of Baldani, Rowland amp; Richardson.  He practices in all areas of state and federal criminal defense, from capital murder defense to DUI defense. He also practices in personal injury and automobile accident cases.  In 19...


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