Man charged with beating Florida woman to death appears in Hardin Co. court
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man charged with the brutal murder of an 18-year-old Florida woman was in court Tuesday.
Joseph Capstraw, 20, was officially indicted by the Hardin Grand Jury for murder. His attorney entered a not guilty plea for him.
Capstraw is accused of beating Amber Robinson to death. Her body was found on Joan Avenue in Elizabethtown in early July.
Robinson was from Florida, and officials say she had to be identified with dental records.
Police say Capstraw told a witness he killed her.
The two reportedly met at a "Rainbow Family of Living Light" gathering held in Georgia. They were seen hitchhiking from the event.
Amy Elliott, Robinson’s former foster mom, came to Kentucky as soon as she heard Robinson had been killed. She says she will attend every one of Capstraw’s court appearances.
"I’m committed to Amber for life, I always was," Elliott said. "And I will stand until justice is served for her.”
Capstraw was given a public defender to represent him through this case. He is due back in court at the end of August.
Robinson's family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay for funeral expenses.
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