Kiplinger trial could last two weeks

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - Perry Countians' circuit-court judge, their prosecutor and a bailiff are preparing for the murder trial of Kyle S. Kiplinger, in what could be a two-week commute to English.

Jury selection is expected to begin July 7 in Crawford Circuit Court. Kiplinger, charged with the August 2006 death of Cannelton resident Bobbi Jo Braunecker, faces a possibility of life in prison if convicted.

Kiplinger was to have been tried in Perry County last August but a mistrial was ruled when a jury could not be seated. That prompted Perry County Judge Lucy Goffinet to grant a defense motion to transfer the case. Goffinet will preside over next month's trial with jurors chosen from Crawford County.

Police allege Kiplinger and Darrick O'Brien, also of Tell City, drove Brauncker to an area along River Road, beat the woman and threw her body into the Ohio River. A family walking along the riverbank near Sunset Park found the decomposed body a few days later.

O'Brien later pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced to 65 years in prison. He is expected to testify during the trial.

A final hearing on defense motions and proposed jury instructions is scheduled for Wednesday. Kiplinger is being defended by Rod Acchiardo of Tell City.