Woman pleads not guilty in trailer shooting

Also: 2 plead guilty to drug ring charges

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

Mona Lisa Maupin has pleaded not guilty in Franklin Circuit Court to several charges in connection with the allegation that she shot another woman in the head.

Maupin, 38, has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault, four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. She entered her plea Friday.

On Sept. 6, Maupin allegedly fired three shots at her neighbor’s trailer on Manley-Leestown Road during an argument. One hit Patricia Tate in the head.

Tate still has the bullet in her head but has been released from the hospital.

There were three other adults and a child on the porch of the trailer when the shots were fired, according to records of the case.

When deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Maupin allegedly fled and tried to wipe the gunshot residue off her hands.

Maupin also has pending drug charges in connection to the Florida-to-Frankfort pill pipeline allegedly led by her ex-boyfriend, Neil Clark.

Public defender Kristin Gonzalez asked to have Maupin’s bond lowered, but Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate kept it at $100,000 cash.

Also in court Friday:

>Two alleged members of the “Untouchables” who ran a pill pipeline from Florida to Franklin County pleaded guilty to charges in that case.

Gary Blackburn II, 36, pleaded guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and Brian Keith Bobbitt, 42, pleaded guilty to criminal facility to engage in organized crime.

The “Untouchables” was a group that allegedly purchased Percocet pills in Florida and brought them to Franklin County to sell. Jason Ware was allegedly in charge of the group.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland recommended a sentence of five years for both of them and took no position on probation.

Blackburn and Bobbitt will be sentenced Nov. 16.

>The man who allegedly choked his girlfriend on multiple occasions pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

In March, Daniel Hano, 37, of Frankfort, allegedly choked his girlfriend and broke her jaw.

He also is charged with choking her again in June. This incident was caught on video surveillance in a Frankfort parking garage.

Public defender Emily Wilkey argued to have Hano’s bond lowered, but Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd left it at $10,000 cash.

>Denise Higdon, 28, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, two counts of resisting arrest and menacing.

In May, deputies were called to her house after receiving a call that Higdon was trying to hurt herself. Once they arrived, they realized she had an outstanding arrest warrant.

Higdon grabbed a large kitchen knife when deputies tried to arrest her and attempted to hurt herself, according to records of the case.

While trying to stop Higdon, a deputy was injured by the knife.

>Joshua Tate, 29, pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana greater than five pounds.

According to the plea agreement, Tate possessed 50 pounds of marijuana that he intended to sell.

Cleveland recommended a sentence of five years and took no position on probation. Tate will be sentenced Nov. 16.

Jessie Purvis, 54, was also involved with this case and pleaded guilty in court.

Purvis pleaded guilty to criminal facilitation to trafficking in marijuana greater than five pounds.

Wingate sentenced Purvis to 12 months probation and he must pay fees of $406 by Dec. 30.

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