UPDATE: Father Addresses Woman Convicted of Killing His Son

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/16/14 @ 11:45 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE,KY. (WSAZ) -- A father cried as he addressed the woman convicted of killing his son.

53-year-old Myra Castle of Wittenville, Ky. was back in court Friday to be sentenced for second-degree manslaughter and DUI in the death of 18-year-old C. J. Mollett.

A jury in Johnson County convicted Castle on the two charges last month.

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle, and Castle in her car, happened on Ky. 201 in Wittensville on August 16, 2013.

Casey Mollett, who is C.J.’s father, told the court that his life was changed forever on that day his son was killed.

"I'm constantly punished by the thoughts of never being able to give my son a hug and say I love you Bub,” said Casey. "I'm just an empty shell of the father I used to be."

Castle sat emotionless throughout the victim impact statements that included three other family members.

The judge then sentenced her to seven years for second degree manslaughter, and 30 days for operating a vehicle under the influence. The sentences will run concurrently.



4/23/14 @ 1p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) – A jury has found a Johnson County woman guilty in the death of an 18-year-old motorcycle rider.

Jurors found Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, guilty of second-degree manslaughter and DUI in connection with the death of C. J. Mollett

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle, and Castle in her car, happened on Ky. 201 in Wittensville on August 16, 2013

The jury deliberated less than an hour late Wednesday morning following closing arguments.

Castle will be formally sentenced on May 16.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tony Skeens says Castle is expected to get seven years on the manslaughter conviction and 30 days for the DUI charge.

Skeens expects members of Mollett’s family to speak during sentencing.

The prosecution called more than a dozen witnesses during the trial that began Monday. The defense called only one witness.

According to the indictment, Castle had a blood alcohol of 0.200 when investigators say she crossed the center line hitting Mollett.

Ned Pillersdorf is Castle's attorney and says Mollett caused his own death by traveling at an excessive speed.

Pillersdorf also old WSAZ.com that his client was only going 15 mph and making a legal left turn at the time of the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 4/23/14 @11:55 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) – A jury has found a Johnson County woman guilty in the death of an 18-year-old motorcycle rider.

Jurors found Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, guilty of second-degree manslaughter and DUI in connection with the death of C. J. Mollett

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle, and Castle in her car, happened on Ky. 201 in Wittensville on August 16, 2013

The jury deliberated less than an hour late Wednesday morning following closing arguments.

Castle will be formally sentenced on May 16.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tony Skeens says Castle is expected to get seven years on the manslaughter conviction and 30 days for the DUI charge.

Skeens expects members of Mollett’s family to speak during sentencing.

The prosecution called more than a dozen witnesses during the trial that began Monday. The defense called only one witness.

According to the indictment, Castle had a blood alcohol of 0.200 when investigators say she crossed the center line hitting Mollett.

Ned Pillersdorf is Castle's attorney and says Mollett caused his own death by traveling at an excessive speed.

Pillersdorf also old WSAZ.com that his client was only going 15 mph and making a legal left turn at the time of the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 4/23/14 @ 11 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) – A jury is now deliberating the fate of a driver charged in the death of an 18-year-old motorcycle rider.

Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, and DUI in connection with the death of C. J. Mollett.

Castle’s trial is taking place in Johnson County Circuit Court.

The jury got case Wednesday morning following closing statements.

The trial began Monday.

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle, and Castle in her car, happened on Ky. 201 in Wittensville on August 16, 2013.

According to the indictment, Castle had a blood alcohol of 0.200 when investigators say she crossed the center line hitting Mollett.

Ned Pillersdorf is Castle's attorney and says Mollett caused his own death by traveling at an excessive speed.

Pillersdorf also old WSAZ.com that his client was only going 15 mph and making a legal left turn at the time of the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information on the trial.



UPDATE 4/21/14 @ 3:25 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) – Prosecution testimony is underway in the trial of a driver charged in the death of an 18-year-old motorcycle rider.

Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, is charged with second-degree manslaughter and DUI in connection with the death of C. J. Mollett

Castle’s trial is taking place in Johnson County Circuit Court.

A jury of 10 women and men was picked early Monday afternoon. Following opening arguments, testimony got underway. The trial is expected to last until Thursday.

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle, and Castle in her car, happened on Ky. 201 in Wittensville on August 16, 2013

According to the indictment, Castle had a blood alcohol of 0.200 when investigators say she crossed the center line hitting Mollett.

Ned Pillersdorf is Castle's attorney and says Mollett caused his own death by traveling at an excessive speed.

Pillersdorf also old WSAZ.com that his client was only going 15 mph and making a legal left turn at the time of the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information on the trial.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/21/14 @11:16 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Jury selection is in underway in the trial of a driver charged in the death of an 18-year-old motorcycle rider.

Myra Castle, 53, of Wittensville, is charged with second-degree manslaughter and DUI in connection with the death of C. J. Mollett.

Castle’s trial is taking place in Johnson County Circuit Court.

The head-on crash involving Mollett on his motorcycle, and Castle in her car, happened along Ky. 201 in Wittensville on August 16, 2013.

According to the indictment, Castle had a blood alcohol of 0.200 when investigators say she crossed the center line hitting Mollett.

Castle's attorney, Ned Pillersdorf told WSAZ.com following his clients arraignment that Mollett caused his own death by traveling at an excessive speed.

Pillersdorf also said that his client was only going 15 mph and making a legal left turn at the time of the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information on the trial.


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