Kevin Day in court for change of plea

Kevin Lee Day Rodger James Ockerman, Jr.
Staff Writer

Kevin Lee Day, who testified against Melonie Smith last week during her murder trial, was in court on Wednesday for a change of plea hearing.
Appearing before Seventh Judicial District Magistrate Judge Darren Simpson, Day pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon enhancement. He will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18.
In the plea agreement, the state agreed to recommend five years fixed and 20 years indeterminate if Day testified truthfully at Smith's murder trial that took place last week, Oct. 2-7. A jury found Smith guilty of first degree murder and destruction of evidence.
Rodger James Ockerman Jr. also was in court on Wednesday for being principal to battery on a police officer. In the plea agreement, Ockerman would be sentenced to concurrent sentences for the battery on a police with the burglary charge. The burglary took place in February 2017.
To read the full story, read it in the Thursday, Oct. 12, edition of the Morning News.