Claytor claims shooting victim tried to push his way into home

Last updated: June 02. 2014 12:28PM - 842 Views
By - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

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A 911 call was played Friday during the murder trial of Timothy Claytor. The call, which was made by Claytor to the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) shortly after he shot Dale Holloway, was introduced into evidence by the Commonwealth.

Claytor told dispatcher Susan Craig the night of Aug. 30, 2012, that he had shot someone who shoved his way into his house. He further stated that the individual was Dale Holloway and that he’d had problems with him in the past.

Claytor said Holloway had no weapon on him, but claimed he tried to push his way inside the residence when he opened the door.

The dispatcher asked Claytor why he thought Holloway was at his house. Claytor replied that Holloway’s ex-girlfriend Lori White was there.

During the trial, which began last week, Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling said both Holloway and Claytor had a relationship with White, who was with Holloway and Claytor the day of the shooting.

Other witnesses called by the Commonwealth on Friday were several members of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Kentucky State Police and the ambulance service. Questions mostly centered around times officers arrived at the scene and what they did while there.

There was a Metro Detention Center bag with Holloway’s name on it found inside Claytor’s home that contained a belt. No one seemed to know how it got there.

Discussion about dried blood spots on the kitchen floor and living room window blinds, which were photographed by police but not tested for DNA, became the main topic for Claytor’s attorney Stewart Wheeler.

“Why wouldn’t you test those to see if they belonged to Mr. Holloway?” asked Wheeler to detective Kevin Bibb of the sheriff’s department. Bibb said he couldn’t say they were in fact blood, but believed the video surveillance showed Holloway never entering the Claytor residence before being shot, so it was a moot point.

According to testimony by law enforcement Claytor was very cooperative and at times emotional saying he didn’t want to shoot Holloway. Several of the law enforcement officers also testified they saw no evidence of a forced entry into Claytor’s home.

The trial continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of this week.

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