Continuance granted in trial for triple murder case

August 7, 2013

HAZARD — A motion for a continuance in the trial of a Perry man accused of shooting and killing three individuals at a local community college earlier this year has been granted.

Dalton Stidham, 21, was charged in January with three counts of murder after allegedly shooting and killing the mother of his two-year-old son, 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett, her 53-year-old uncle Jackie Cornett, along with Jackie Cornett’s daughter, 12-year-old Taylor Cornett, at the Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) campus during a custody exchange.

The continuance was filed last month and was granted Thursday in Perry County Circuit Court; it has pushed the jury trial date back to Jan. 6, 2014, with a status hearing set for Sept. 26 this year.