HAZARD – A man accused of beating another man and leaving him to die in the Kentucky River has entered a plea and was given a trial date during his arraignment last week.
Larry Yocum, 42, appeared in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday, less than a week after he was indicted on charges of attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Yocum was arrested on Sept. 30 after authorities with the Hazard Police Department determined he had assaulted Hazard resident Jeffrey Karr with a brick before attempting to drown him in the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Hazard. Karr survived the incident, and was located several yards down river from the scene where assault was alleged to have taken place.
Yocum is currently being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard on a $100,000 bond, and set to appear in court for a pretrial conference on March 12. 2014. He is set to go on trial on April 21.
Yocum was also indicted last month in a separate case on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, menacing, alcohol intoxication, and resisting arrest. He is accused of burglarizing Journey Church in Hazard on April 15. His trial date in that case was also moved to April 2014.