Tackett indicted for murder
by ALEX SMITH
PRESTONSBURG — A Printer man was indicted on murder, rape and unlawful imprisonment charges Wednesday in the murder of 56-year-old Margaret Hall.
The murder charge, a capital offense, is eligible for the death penalty.
Tony Ray Tackett, 44, waived the formal reading of his indictment during his arraignment in Floyd Circuit Court Thursday morning and entered a not guilty plea to the charges. A $1 million cash bond remained in place and a pretrial conference was set for April 15 to set a trial date.
The grand jury charged Tackett with murder for allegedly killing Hall by strangling her. The jury also charged Tackett with first-degree rape, alleging there was forcible compulsion involved, and with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, for allegedly restraining Hall by binding her hands together.
Hall was reported missing March 30, 2006, and had last been seen March 18 before her body was discovered April 1 off a strip-mine road near Big Branch in Harold.
A statement issued last month by the Kentucky State Police stated that Hall and Tackett had met each other before but did not go into the specifics of their relationship. Tackett's Nov. 29 arrest was the result of an eight-month investigation into the murder.
A third-degree rape charge was brought against Tackett in 1993 in Floyd County and he faced an unlawful imprisonment charge in Pike County in 1991. In both instances the charges were dismissed.
The murder investigation remains open as detectives working the case have not ruled out the possible involvement of other suspects.
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