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Stabbing suspect acted in self defense, attorney claims

11/9/2018

By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

An attorney for stabbing suspect Kaneatha Honeycutt claims she acted in self defense to protect her brother, who was reportedly in a fight with another man outside the Dairy Queen restaurant Oct. 16.
Honeycutt, 29, is charged with felony second-degree assault for allegedly stabbing 18-year-old Josh Centers of Jeffersonville in the back with a knife.

Mt. Sterling Police Det. Chris Haddix testified at Honeycutt’s preliminary hearing Nov. 1 in Montgomery County District Court.

Centers had reportedly been drinking and was sitting in the passenger seat of his truck that night at Dairy Queen when a Toyota Corolla pulled up to the side, Haddix testified.

The passengers in the Corolla, Haddix testified, reportedly included Myron Thornsberry, who is Honeycutt’s brother, and Leslie Ginn.

Ginn is reportedly the ex-girlfriend of J.R. Osborne, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of Centers’ truck, according to the detective’s testimony.
Witnesses claim a dispute ensued and at some point someone struck Centers’ truck, Haddix testified.

Thornsberrry and Centers then allegedly engaged in a physical fight, according to witnesses.

During the fight, Honeycutt allegedly gained access to a knife belonging to Thornsberry and stabbed Centers in the upper back, Haddix testified.
Some witnesses claimed that Osborne or Centers may have had a gun, but that could not be substantiated from video surveillance footage from the area, Haddix testified.

After the altercation most of those involved reportedly fled the scene.
Centers reportedly drove himself to St. Joseph Mt. Sterling Hospital, where the emergency room notified police.

Centers was later transported on to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. He was treated and released for a superficial stab wound, Haddix said.

During a later interview, Centers claimed it was Honeycutt who stabbed him in the back, Haddix testified.

The detective testified that police have been unable to locate the knife used in the stabbing and believe it may have been hidden by one of the witnesses in the case.

Haddix told the court that the investigation into the stabbing is continuing and more people may be charged.

Defense attorney Charles Landon claims that Honeycutt had come forward within a day and a half of the stabbing and may have had reason to believe that Centers or his friend Osborne had a gun.

Landon told judge Donald Blair that his client went to defend her brother like most siblings would do in a case of self defense.

Assistant County Attorney Nick Fegenbush claims there was no credible evidence that Honeycutt was acting in self defense.

Blair rejected the self defense argument and found probable cause existed to forward the case to the Nov. 9 grand jury for possible indictment.

In light of the circumstances, Landon asked that Honeycutt be released from jail, but the judge maintained her $25,000 bond.

Blair said it would be up to a circuit court judge to decide whether there is any bond reduction.

Honeycutt is being held at the Powell County Detention Centers to avoid a potential conflict at the Montgomery County Regional Jail.

The stabbing occurred about 11:30 p.m. after Dairy Queen had closed and employees had left, the owner told the Advocate previously.