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September 21, 2012

HUNG JURY: Gilliam faces new trial

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Prosecution upholds murder claim

The Commonwealth countered that defense, stating Gilliam had been juggling monies in the escrow account for several years and that he was depositing money back into those accounts.

“Larry could make money,” Jackie Steele, prosecuting attorney, said. “He’d put $40,000 back into those accounts and he’d been doing this for years. Money meant nothing to him. He could always make more money and had a knack for doing it. The defense wants you to believe he was upset over the threat that Lisa was going to leave him. She was his sixth wife. Larry was a frequent flyer through divorce court.”

Steele also outlined Gilliam’s plans for future events — plans to visit a longtime friend in Hazard the following week, plans for a bankruptcy action, promises to a Barbourville client, a $1,500 payment on the afternoon of his death to London attorney Douglas Benge for an appeal to his alimony payments to former wife, Coleen, and a non-refundable cash payment for a Bahama getaway in mid-February. The argument between the Gilliams on Jan. 7 over financial and personal issues was the motive, Steele said, that resulted in Lisa Gilliam shooting her husband that afternoon.

“She was obviously mad,” Steele said. “She cleared off Larry’s desk. It has been stated that Larry was in a good mood. He was pushing forward with his life. She stopped him from moving forward.”

Steele said on Thursday morning he appreciated the service of the jurors in the case.

“The jury had a tough decision to make. They had several questions and we tried to answer those for them,” Steele said. “They deliberated for four hours and couldn’t come to a decision.”

Lisa Gilliam left the courtroom, free on the same bond she posted after her arrest in March 2011 until a new trial can be scheduled. McGinnis set the case for another pretrial conference on Oct. 19.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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