Man charged in Hayes murder appears in court

James Gentry, the man accused in the November shooting death of Keith Joey Hayes, appeared in Trigg Circuit Court Wednesday as officials continue to wait on lab results.

Defense attorney Michael Thompson represents Gentry and informed the court that it could still be a long time before they get any DNA results back and he intends to file a motion for bond reduction.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins agreed it will be a lengthy wait for results, but says she is opposed to any bond reduction or modification.

Circuit Judge C. A. Woody Woodall advised Thompson to file his motion and allow the Commonwealth time to respond, and set another pretrial hearing for September 11. Gentry is currently lodged in the Christian County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Gentry is charged with murder, first-degree robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. As previously reported, Gentry allegedly admitted to Kentucky State Police that he was present when Hayes was shot multiple times on November 27. He also reportedly admitted to transporting Hayes to the location on Buffalo Road in Trigg County where he was killed and later located.

Gentry had been listed as the last person to see Hayes on a missing person report filed with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department. He also reportedly pawned a ring that belonged to Hayes.