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Trial postponed for man accused in stabbing case

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By Shannon Brock

A Louisville man charged with stabbing and then dumping a man in the parking lot of Elk Creek Grocery this past January will have to wait a little longer before facing a jury trial, but he won’t be waiting in jail.
Paul C. Barr, 34, of the 1100 block of Lehigh Avenue in Louisville, was set for a jury trial this past Monday and Tuesday.
Barr is charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
However, Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell filed a motion to continue in Circuit Court last week, and that motion was granted by Judge Charles Hickman.
After an off-the-record conference with Donnell and Steven Wright, Barr’s defense attorney,  Hickman announced that he would set a status conference for Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. and release Barr from the Shelby County Detention Center on Thursday on his own recognizance.
Hickman told Barr to remain law abiding and not to pick up any new charges.
According to a Kentucky State Police news release, Louisville Metro Police executed an arrest warrant Feb. 10 on Barr and he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.
On Feb. 14, Barr was transferred to the Shelby County Detention Center.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Ronald Turley said that LMPD came across Barr in Louisville and through a search in their computer files, saw that he was wanted on an assault charge in Spencer County.
Turley said the victim, 29-year-old Jason Hill of Branchville, Ind., led KSP to Barr.
“We had a pretty good lead because the victim was able to tell us who it was,” Turley said. “He knew the victim. They were together [on Jan. 23]. There was an altercation and he stabbed the victim.”
According to Barr’s indictment, the actual stabbing incident occurred in Shelby County.