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April trial set for man facing attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing woman

From the Times Tribune/Timothy Wyatt

Brandon Curtis Hoskins - LCC

A jury trial has been set for an Emmalena man accused of stabbing a woman multiple times in May 2018.

26 year old Brandon Curtis Hoskins, appeared in Laurel Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Thursday February 7, 2019, where prosecutors informed the court that the case was prepared to proceed to trial.

With no objection from Hoskins’ attorney, Kara Ottis, a jury trial date was scheduled for April 17.

A final pretrial conference was also set for April 4.

Hoskins’ case was last in court in December 2018, where prosecutors also requested that a trial date be set, but was not due to an objection from Ottis, who said that she had just recently received a large number of medical record files and needed more time to review them.

Hoskins was arrested May 11, 2018, after law enforcement officials with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police were dispatched to a Laurel County business off KY 770 where a woman had allegedly received two stab wounds by a man who then fled into a nearby wooded area. With the help of a K-9 unit, Hoskins was located coming out of the woods and hiding behind a truck.

Hoskins was arrested without incident. He was allegedly found to be in possession of a knife and a pipe containing suspected methamphetamine.

Upon further investigation, police learned that Hoskins and the woman had been having an ongoing dispute that led to the altercation and, ultimately, to him allegedly stabbing her in the chest and in the back. One of the stab wounds was believed to have punctured a lung.

The woman was treated at the scene and then airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment.

Hoskins was indicted in June 2018 by a Laurel County grand jury, formally charging him with attempted murder, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, giving a police officer a false name or address, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Hoskins remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $150,000 cash bond.

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