Attorneys to go through evidence in Boulevard murder case

Attorneys for two of the suspects charged with murder in the March 2022 fatal shooting of a man outside Casey’s General Store will meet soon to go over the evidence and see what they still need.

Jonathan Weston’s attorney says she and defense attorney Brandi Jones—who represents Joshua Cotton—have been told the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office must be present for them to go over the evidence, so they needed to set a date to do that.

Jones says she has also filed a motion concerning specific pieces of evidence, but Judge John Atkins deferred ruling on that until she is able to discuss it more in depth with Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Bolen.

Parties intend to meet next week to review the evidence. Trial is currently set for September 25, with attorneys saying they are working to see if the case can be resolved before that date.

Hopkinsville police allege 20-year-old Christian McKeel drove then 17-year-old Weston and then 16-year-old Joshua to Casey’s with intent to commit a robbery. A detective testified that a struggle ensued during the attempted robbery and that’s when 19-year old Alijah Watts was shot in the abdomen. He would die of his injuries.

Both Weston and Cotton are charged with murder, with Cotton additionally charged with first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking. McKeel is charged with complicity to murder.