By Joe Beck
A man accused in the brutal roadside stabbing of his wife in August pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to attempted first degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding and stabbing.
Ricky Brian Henry was arrested and charged after his wife was airlifted to a hospital in Fairfax with what authorities described as life-threatening wounds received during a bloody struggle on a road leading up to the Apple Mountain subdivision just off of Interstate 66.
Court documents say Ricky Henry, 32, of Rambo Court, stabbed Lakisha Henry repeatedly before several bystanders restrained him and sheriff's deputies arrived.
Law enforcement officials later said the civilians' intervention may have saved Lakisha Henry from additional injury or death.
Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected a motion by Henry's attorney, Ghislaine Storr Burks, to move the trial, which has yet to be scheduled.
Storr Burks said she was concerned that any jury pool would be tainted by the publicity the case has received in the news media. She cited reader comments about her client that appeared with online newspaper articles as her main worry.
Storr Burks said some of the harsh online commentary came from people claiming to know Ricky Henry.
"This is all information that could be inflammatory and prejudicial" for those who could be part of the jury pool, Storr Burks told Hupp.
"In this case, you have so much being put out on the Internet, and there's no question people were affected by it," she added.
Hupp said he has never granted a motion to move a trial and would not do so in the Henry case.
Hupp also rejected several other motions by Storr Burks, including a request for assurances that she would have access to evidence not contained in the file compiled by the prosecution. Prosecutors must make evidence available that could prove helpful to defendants at trial.
Storr Burks said she was concerned that Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Layton might have tapes or other important evidence not contained in the file he was making available to her.
Layton said all the evidence he had was already in the file, and he was aware of the requirement that he make evidence available that could be used in Henry's defense.
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