By: Jack LattaStaff Writer
September 4, 2012
PRESTONSBURG — A jury trial for a man accused of stabbing Perry County District Judge Leigh Ann Stephens is scheduled to begin this week in Floyd County Circuit Court.
Ronnie D. Brock, 56, of Bonnyman, was arrested in September 2010, after police say he attempted to murder Perry County District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens at the Circle T Restaurant, in Airport Gardens. Brock reportedly stabbed Stephens several times with a knife.
The altercation was broken up by a bystander who distracted Brock before throwing him through a window in the front of the restaurant, then held Brock until police could arrive. Stephens was not seriously injured in the incident.
Brock was indicted by a Perry County grand jury for attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment. That trial was transferred to Floyd County Circuit court with Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Arnold Brent Turner to act as special prosecutor in the case.
Ned Pillersdorf, attorney for Brock, filed a motion in May stating that he intended to introduce evidence of mental illness as a defense for Brock’s actions. Brock was found competent to stand trial in two separate competency hearings.
Trial was originally set to begin on Tuesday, but the Floyd County Justice Center was closed due to a required furlough day.