Report: Attorney will seek death penalty in murder of Pike County officer

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The suspect in the murder of a Pike County police officer will face the death penalty, according to the attorney working the case.

The Appalachian-News Express says Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley announced Tuesday at an Officer Appreciation Ceremony in Pikeville that he plans to seek the death penalty against John Russell Hall.

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Hall is accused of shooting and killing Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton in March.

Hamilton was assisting Kentucky State Police with an investigation in the Hurricane Creek area when he was killed.

Hall pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in March.