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Trial delayed in man accused of taking woman on wild ride through Boyle

By KENDRA PEEK

kendra.peek@amnews.com

The trial for a man accused of taking a woman on a 2015 ride through Boyle County that ended in Mercer County has been delayed.

The trial of Marion Fisher, 36, was scheduled to begin on Monday, but was delayed because the defense needed more time to prepare, according to his attorney, William Butler of Louisville. 

Marion Fisher

Butler said he only took the case about four or five weeks ago. Prior to that, Fisher had been represented by the public defender’s office.

Fisher was arrested on July 23, 2015, by Boyle County Sheriff’s Deputies after a foot pursuit in Mercer County, according to law enforcement.

According to an Aug. 6, 2015, account by Deputy Casey McCoy in The Advocate-Messenger, Fisher and Sharonna Harmon, who were dating, stopped by the side of the road “to split a fifth of whiskey,” on July 23, 2015.

After a while, Harmon tried to call her mother because she was concerned they were “too intoxicated to drive,” but Fisher “wouldn’t let her,” the article states.

“He started driving, and he became agitated. He asked her if she was prepared to die,” McCoy said.

Fisher drove to Perryville, where Harmon was able to turn the car off and pull the keys from the ignition.

They struggled and ultimately Fisher regained control. He continued to drive, and threw her cell out the window.

On U.S. 150, he pulled over to assist a stranded motorist, Harmon told authorities. That man later flagged law enforcement down to alert them to the situation.

When authorities located Fisher, it led to a chase, leading into Mercer County. He attempted to flee on foot, prompting deputies to deploy a taser and then K9 Djanco, when the Taser failed to stop him.

According to records obtained from the Boyle County Detention Center website, from the events of July 23, 2015, Fisher faces charges of:

• fleeing or evading police, first-degree;

• second offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs;

• operating on a suspended license;

• third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified;

• first-degree resisting arrest;

• first-degree unlawful imprisonment;

• first-degree wanton endangerment; and

• first-degree wanton endangerment for a police officer.

In January, he was also indicted on a first degree persistent felony offender charge, based on the culmination of the charges he already faced. According to Kentucky Revised Statutes 532.080, a persistent felony offender in the first degree, is a person who is more than 21 years of age and who stands convicted of a felony after having been convicted of two or more felonies or one or more felony sex crimes against a minor. If someone is found guilty of being a persistent felony offender, KRS 532.080 authorizes taking options such as probation away.

Fisher is scheduled to appear in the Boyle County Circuit Court on March 7 for a motion hour, a time to set a trial or plea date, Bottoms said.

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