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Judge denies murder suspect Ricky Kelly's request for medical release

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ricky Kelly, one of Kentucky's most notorious murder suspects - once charged with complicity in the slayings of eight men - is not getting "critical and necessary medical treatment" in jail, his attorneys claim.

For the last year, attorneys Mac Adams and Daniel Alvarez have argued in court hearings and motions that Metro Corrections has failed to properly test and treat Kelly for enlarged lymph nodes in his right arm and back.

The two attorneys in May asked Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig to release Kelly on home incarceration because "his lack of medical treatment has caused a dangerous situation for him within the jail" - and he remains undiagnosed, according to court records.

But last week Bisig ruled that while she was "sympathetic" to Kelly's plight, it would not be "proper" to release him "as a result of problems with medical treatment."

However, Bisig wrote that the jail has a responsibility to make sure inmates receive proper medical treatment and said she will "continue to monitor the situation" with Kelly.

In a May 12 hearing, Adams told Bisig the defense attorneys were assured last August by Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton that Kelly would be taken to a hospital for a biopsy.

But Adams said Kelly wasn't taken to University Hospital until the end of November, about four months after the initial request. Adams also said jail records show Kelly was denied certain tests because of "security" issues. And he said Kelly has still not heard of any diagnosis.

In one document, Adams said a notation from a doctor on Kelly's medical charge indicated he "might not make it to trial."

"We're coming up on a year and I still don’t know what's wrong with my client," Adams told Bisig. "I don't know if it's on purpose; I don't know if it is negligence; I'm at a loss at this point."

Jail officials testified during the May hearing that Kelly had been tested and no treatment had been ordered. Kelly has been in jail since 2010 awaiting trial.

Originally, Kelly, was charged with complicity to eight murders in 2010. But those charges were dropped in 2013 and the case moved to federal court. The case came back to state court in 2014 after the death of a key witness who was set to testify against Kelly. The testimony is not as crucial in state court.

Kelly is now facing one murder charge, for the August 2005 slaying of LaJuante Jackson.

Prosecutors say Kelly killed Jackson to protect a drug trafficking organization, shooting him more than 10 times.

The trial is scheduled for February.

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