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Deadly Duo: Roger D. Epperson and Benny Hodge killed Tammy Dee Acker, now they are both on Kentucky’s death row

Tammy Acker
Tammy Acker

Victims
Bessie Morris
Edwin Morris
Tammy Acker

Woman killed in robbery
3 Sought In Kentucky Killing Arrested In Ormond
Three charged in slaying fight return to state
Acker tells of daughter’s death
Two draw death sentences
Death Row prison’s retrial moved to Warren
Brutal Murder Case to Be Retried in Warren County
Judge rejects motion from 1 of 2 Acker killers who are on Death Row
High court denies appeal of convicted killer Hodge
Murderpedia: Roger Dale Epperson
Murderpedia: Benny Lee Hodge
Evil In The Form Of A Flashy, Greedy Lawyer
Burns to repay robbery victim
Benny Lee Hodge v Commonwealth of Kentucky 2000
Donald Bardley v Wright, Banks, and Letcher Circuit Court 2013
Ky. Supreme Court rules brutal childhood will not change death sentence
Hair from murder scene doesn’t match condemned men
Ky. court turns away challenge to death sentence
Roger Dale Epperson – Kentucky Death Row
Benny Lee Hodge – Kentucky Death Row

Books
A Dark and Bloody Ground

Movies/Documentaries
Southern Fried Homicide: Knock, Knock, You’re Dead

Defendants
Roger Dale Epperson – convicted, sentenced to death
Benny Hodge – convicted, sentenced to death
Donald T. Bartley – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison; Parole Board decide he would spend natural life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

RogerEpperson prison mug
Name: EPPERSON, ROGER DALE
Active Inmate
DEATH ROW
PID # / DOC #: 215173 / 032834
Institution Start Date: 6/21/1986
Expected Time To Serve (TTS): DEATH SENTENCE
Classification: Maximum (Level 5)
Minimum Expiration of Sentence Date (Good Time Release Date): DEATH SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH SENTENCE
Maximum Expiration of Sentence Date: DEATH SENTENCE
Location: Kentucky State Penitentiary
Age: 64
Race: White
Gender: M
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 6′ 01″
Weight: 220
Risk Assessment Rating: Assessment Pending
Aliases ROGER DALE EPPERSON

Conviction Information

Offense 1
Time service requirement: BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985

INMATE INFORMATION

BennyHodge prison mug

Name: HODGE, BENNY LEE
Active Inmate
DEATH ROW
PID # / DOC #: 215174 / 032835
Institution Start Date: 6/21/1986
Expected Time To Serve (TTS): DEATH SENTENCE
Classification: Maximum (Level 5)
Minimum Expiration of Sentence Date (Good Time Release Date): DEATH SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH SENTENCE
Maximum Expiration of Sentence Date: DEATH SENTENCE
Location: Kentucky State Penitentiary
Age: 62
Race: White
Gender: M
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 6′ 01″
Weight: 223
Risk Assessment Rating: Assessment Pending
Aliases BENNY LEE HODGE

Conviction Information
Offense 1
Time service requirement: MURDER
(Violent Crime)
Death
Indictment #: 92CR180
Crime Date: 6/16/1985
Conviction Date: 11/22/1996
Conviction County: Laurel Indictment Count: 001
KRS Code: 507.020
Felony Class: A
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 2
Time service requirement: ROBBERY, 1ST DEGREE
(Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 92CR180
Crime Date: 6/16/1985
Conviction Date: 11/22/1996
Conviction County: Laurel Indictment Count: 002
KRS Code: 515.020
Felony Class: B
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 3
Time service requirement: BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 92CR180
Crime Date: 6/16/1985
Conviction Date: 11/22/1996
Conviction County: Laurel Indictment Count: 003
KRS Code: 511.020
Felony Class: B
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 4
Time service requirement: MURDER
(Violent Crime)
Death
Indictment #: 85CR0070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 6/20/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 001
KRS Code: 507.020
Felony Class: A
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 5
Time service requirement: ROBBERY, 1ST DEGREE
(Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR0070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 6/20/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 002
KRS Code: 515.020
Felony Class: B
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 6
Time service requirement: BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR0070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 6/20/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 003
KRS Code: 511.020
Felony Class: B
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 7
Time service requirement: CRIMINAL ATTEMPT MURDER
(Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR0070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 6/20/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 004
KRS Code: 507.020
Felony Class: B

DEATH ROW INMATE
Conviction Date: 6/21/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 003
KRS Code: 511.020
Felony Class: B
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 2
Time service requirement: CRIMINAL ATTEMPT MURDER
(Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 6/21/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 004
KRS Code: 507.020
Felony Class: B
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 3
Time service requirement: MURDER
(Violent Crime)
Death
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 6/20/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 001
KRS Code: 507.020
Felony Class: A
DEATH ROW INMATE

Offense 4
Time service requirement: ROBBERY, 1ST DEGREE (Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 6/20/1986
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 002
KRS Code: 515.020
Felony Class: B
DEATH ROW INMATE

INMATE INFORMATION

DonaldBartley prison mug

Name: BARTLEY, DONALD TERRY
Active Inmate
PID # / DOC #: 201981 / 099394
Institution Start Date: 2/26/1988
Expected Time To Serve (TTS): LIFE WITH PAROLE AFTER 25 YEARS
Classification: Medium (Level 3)
Minimum Expiration of Sentence Date (Good Time Release Date): LIFE WITH PAROLE AFTER 25 YEARS
Parole Eligibility Date:
Maximum Expiration of Sentence Date: LIFE WITH PAROLE AFTER 25 YEARS
Location: Eastern KY Corr. Complex
Age: 55
Race: White
Gender: M
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 160
Risk Assessment Rating: Assessment Pending
Alias Name DONALD TERRY BARTLEY

Conviction Information
Offense 1
Time service requirement: MURDER
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 86CR016
Crime Date: 6/16/1985
Conviction Date: 9/22/1988
Conviction County: Clay Indictment Count: 001
KRS Code: 435.010
Felony Class: U
Sentence Length: 25 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: 71 %
( 17 year(s) 9 month(s) )

Offense 2
Time service requirement: MURDER
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 86CR016
Crime Date: 6/16/1985
Conviction Date: 9/22/1988
Conviction County: Clay Indictment Count: 002
KRS Code: 435.010
Felony Class: U
Sentence Length: 25 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: 71 %
( 17 year(s) 9 month(s) )

Offense 3
Time service requirement: ROBBERY, 1ST DEGREE
(Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 86CR016
Crime Date: 6/16/1985
Conviction Date: 9/22/1988
Conviction County: Clay Indictment Count: 003
KRS Code: 515.020
Felony Class: B
Sentence Length: 20 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: 59 %
( 11 year(s) 9 month(s) )

Offense 4
Time service requirement: BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 86CR016
Crime Date: 6/16/1985
Conviction Date: 9/22/1988
Conviction County: Clay Indictment Count: 004
KRS Code: 511.020
Felony Class: B
Sentence Length: 20 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: 59 %
( 11 year(s) 9 month(s) )

Offense 5
Time service requirement: BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 2/25/1988
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 001
KRS Code: 511.020
Felony Class: B
Sentence Length: 20 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: 59 %
( 11 year(s) 9 month(s) )

Offense 6
Time service requirement: CRIMINAL ATTEMPT MURDER
(Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 2/25/1988
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 002
KRS Code: 507.020
Felony Class: B
Sentence Length: 20 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: no matching historical data

Offense 7
Time service requirement: ROBBERY, 1ST DEGREE
(Violent Crime)
Must serve minimum of 20% of sentence
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 2/25/1988
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 003
KRS Code: 515.020
Felony Class: B
Sentence Length: 20 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: 59 %
( 11 year(s) 9 month(s) )

Offense 8
Time service requirement: MURDER
(Violent Crime)
Life With Parole
Indictment #: 85CR070
Crime Date: 8/08/1985
Conviction Date: 2/25/1988
Conviction County: Letcher Indictment Count: 004
KRS Code: 507.020
Felony Class: A
LIFE WITH PAROLE AFTER 25 YEARS

Parole Information
(Parole Hearings are conducted 60 days prior to Parole Date)

Hearing Date 11/02/2009
Hearing Action Serve Out
Months Deferred N/A
Next Parole Eligibility Date
Proposed Release Date

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