Judge denies bond reduction in tampering case

Cris Ritchie — Editor

December 27, 2013

HAZARD—A Hazard woman accused of helping cover up the attempted murder of her husband will remain in jail after a judge denied her request for bond reduction.

Teresa Karr was arrested on Sept. 30 after police located her husband, Jeff Karr, badly beaten and allegedly left to die on the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Hazard. Teresa Karr, 47, was charged with tampering with physical evidence and arrested alongside 42-year-old Larry Yocum, who police said was having a romantic relationship with Teresa Karr and is charged with the attempted murder.

Karr was alleged to have washed Yocum’s clothing in an attempt to destroy evidence of Yocum’s involvement in the incident. Jeff Karr survived, however, and was transported to the University of Kentucky medical center in Lexington and released the following day.

Teresa Karr was indicted in October and remained lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard on a $20,000 bond. She appeared in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday, where she asked Judge William Engle to reduce her bond and allow her to be released on monitored release to await trial.

Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen objected to Karr’s request, noting his office has an eyewitness who can testify as to her role in attempting to destroy evidence of the assault.

“We think the bond is fine where it is,” Hansen said.

Judge Engle reviewed Karr’s criminal history, which includes charges of theft, criminal trespassing, and drug trafficking before denying her request, noting there is no new information that would lead him to believe her bond should be lowered.