- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The judge overseeing the 20-year-old slaying case involving two former Oak Grove police officers has declined to step aside.

Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins on Thursday turned away a defense request to recuse himself because of his prior involvement with the prosecutor’s office at the time of the killings. The Kentucky New Era reported that Atkins (https://bit.ly/1nAYHE9 ) said wasn’t involved in the investigation into the deaths of 22-year-old Candace Belt and 18-year-old Gloria Ross at the New Life Fitness and Massage Parlor on Sept. 20, 1994.

Two former officers, 44-year-old Edward T. Carter and 51-year-old Leslie A. Duncan, and a third man, 40-year-old Frank J. Black Jr., are charged in the slayings.

Carter, Black and Duncan are each being held on $1 million bonds. Their trial is set for September.

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Information from: Kentucky New Era, https://www.kentuckynewera.com

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