November 1, 2012

Accused murderer to have day in court

Altercation with girlfriend ends with stabbing

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The man charged with stabbing this girlfriend to death last week is set for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court on Tuesday.

Sean D. Messer, 34, of South Laurel Road in London, was arraigned on Wednesday morning. He is held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $250,000 cash bond on the charge of murder.

Messer and his live-in girlfriend, 25-year-old Pamela Honeycutt Bobbitt, became involved in an argument at their apartment in Plantation Apartments just past South Laurel High School on Monday night. Bobbitt had just returned from McDonald’s with her sister and her two youngest children.

The cause of the argument that led to Messer stabbing Bobbitt multiple times is unclear, although the uneaten food she had purchased from McDonald’s still lay strewn on the ground the morning after Bobbitt died from her injuries.

Bobbitt’s father said Bobbitt had four children, the youngest of whom was fathered by Messer. The couple had a history of domestic incidents.

Messer himself has an extensive legal history. He was indicted on Sept. 23 in Knox County for receiving stolen property and was scheduled for a court hearing on Friday for that charge. Just during 2012, Messer has been charged with contempt of court, second-degree burglary (sent to grand jury), public intoxication of a controlled substance, and three counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia. The burglary charge on Aug. 17 was sent to the grand jury. The use/possession of drug paraphernalia charge on March 7, which  resulted in $143 court costs and a sentence of 12 months in jail that was discharged with the condition that Messer attend 10 Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and have no further violations within two years, was the sole charge in which Messer faced punishment. All other charges were dismissed by motion of the prosecuting attorney.

Prior legal history on Messer includes numerous traffic violations, contempt of court, and drug-related charges in Knox, Laurel, and Whitley counties.

Messer pulled prison time for a 2002 conviction for theft by failure to make required disposition of property in Whitley County. The case was resolved in 2005, in which Messer received a two-year prison term with 20 days credit time, and that sentence to run concurrently with another sentence of seven years.

During 2005, Messer was sentenced for first-degree wanton endangerment to a police officer and fourth-degree aggravated assault. In both cases, Messer received a two-year sentence, which was to run consecutively with the seven-year sentence.