Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Guilty Pleas by Two Defendants for their Roles in Graves County Murder Case of Jessica Currin

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 01, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that Doris Victoria Caldwell, age 22, and Vinisha Marie Stubblefield, age 23, both of Mayfield, entered guilty pleas to charges of Abuse of Corpse and Tampering with Physical Evidence for their roles in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 18 year-old Jessica Melissa Currin of Mayfield on July 30, 2000. The charges carried possible penalties of 1-5 years on each count.

Doris Victoria Caldwell, 22; Mayfield, KY Vinisha Marie Stubblefield, 23; Mayfield, KY
Doris Victoria Caldwell, 22; Mayfield, KY Vinisha Marie Stubblefield, 23; Mayfield, KY

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Stubblefield agreed to a sentence of seven years imprisonment and has agreed to testify in the trial of her co-defendants, Quincy Omar Cross, Tamara C. Caldwell and Jeffery Allen Burton. Doris Victoria Caldwell agreed to a sentence of five years imprisonment and also agreed to testify in the trial of the other defendants.

Jessica Melissa Currin’s beaten and burned body was found behind the Mayfield Middle School on August 1, 2000.

“This case had gone unsolved for more than six years when the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation and Kentucky State Police joined efforts to solve the case,” said Attorney General Stumbo, who created the KBI in 2004. “I commend them and the attorneys from my office who are prosecuting this case, Barbara Maines Whaley, Scott Crawford-Sutherland and Jeffrey Prather for their work on this case.”

On March 30, 2007, a Graves County grand jury indicted Cross, age 30, of Tiptonville, Tennessee, Tamara C. Caldwell, age 27 of Mayfield, and Burton, age 27, of Paducah, for Capital Kidnapping and Murder, First Degree Rape, Abuse of Corpse and Tampering with Physical Evidence related to Ms. Currin. Cross and Caldwell were also charged with First Degree Sodomy. Doris Victoria Caldwell and Stubblefield were each charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and Abuse of Corpse. The Commonwealth is seeking the death penalty against Cross, Tamara C. Caldwell and Burton.

At a pre-trial conference held yesterday, Circuit Judge Timothy Stark stated he will grant a joint motion to move the venue of the trial to Christian County, Kentucky. The Court set a status conference for July 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Charges are merely accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Photos of all defendants can be found at:
http://ag.ky.gov/photos/currinmurderindictments.htm