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January 26, 2008

David Scott’s family seeks legal counsel

Scott remains behind bars awaiting transfer to Vigo County for hearing

TERRE HAUTE — David L. Scott remained behind bars in the Miami Correctional Facility on Saturday evening, still awaiting transfer to Vigo County where a petition for his release is to be heard next week.

Scott was convicted and sentenced to prison for a 1984 murder that authorities now claim he never committed. Kevin Mark Weeks, 44, of LaGrange, Ky., remained in the Shelby County Jail, awaiting extradition to Indiana where he faces allegations of murder, felony murder, and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in the crime for which Scott is still serving this morning.

Weeks was arrested at his place of employment Friday afternoon for the murder of 89-year-old Loretta Keith by members of the Indiana and Kentucky state police. An officer at the Miami Correction Facility in Bunker Hill confirmed that Scott was still in custody there Saturday evening.

A spokeswoman for the Scott family said they were meeting with a private attorney Saturday and had no further comment.

On Friday, Carol Smith, Scott’s sister, said that a civil suit would be considered by the family.

“He’s already done 23 years for something he did not do. It’s not all about the money. It’s about getting my brother cleared,” she said.

Scott is expected to appear Monday before Judge Michael Lewis in Vigo County Superior Court Division 6, who will decide on a petition for release jointly filed by Prosecutor Terry Modesitt and Scott based on a re-investigation into the killing of Keith in West Terre Haute.

Weeks, according to a report by the Indiana State Police, was a 21-year-old resident of West Terre Haute at the time of Keith’s death.

An analysis done on Weeks’ DNA matches blood samples found at the scene of Keith’s murder, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in his arrest.

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