UPDATE: Jury acquits 2 men accused of killing 2 prostitutes in 1994

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Two men, including a former police officer, have been acquitted in the slayings of two western Kentucky brothel workers 22 years ago.

The Kentucky New Era (http://bit.ly/2cHSbgV ) reports a jury acquitted 46-year-old Ed Carter and 42-year-old Frank Black of murder Wednesday in the cold-case deaths of 18-year-old Gloria Ross and 22-year-old Candace Belt. The women were shot and stabbed at New Life Massage Parlor in Oak Grove in September 1994.

Carter was an Oak Grove police officer who authorities say was seeing a prostitute and taking money from the brothel’s owners. Carter and Black were charged in 2013.

The prosecution never presented evidence linking Carter and Black, who lived in Clarksville and worked at a Nashville hotel.

Carter’s attorney Michael Bufkin says the case was based on suspicion, not evidence.

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

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9/14/16 3:11 p.m.

A complicity to murder charge against a former police officer has been dropped in the middle of a trial over the cold-case slayings of two western Kentucky brothel workers.

The Kentucky New Era (http://bit.ly/2cY2laG) reports Special Judge Philip Patton told jurors on Wednesday morning that the complicity charge against Leslie Duncan was no longer a factor in the trial. The newspaper reports the judge granted a motion filed by Duncan’s lawyer asking for a directed verdict of acquittal after the prosecution rested its case on Tuesday.

Duncan led the original investigation of the 1994 slayings of Candace Belt and Gloria Ross, who were shot and stabbed at New Life Massage Parlor in Oak Grove.

Two others defendants, Frank Black and former Oak Grove police officer Ed Carter, remain on trial in the slayings.

Police brought charges against the men in 2013.
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Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com

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