The murder trial of U.S. Army Spc. Robbie Knight begins tomorrow at Fort Campbell. Knight stands accused of killing 28-year old Jeremy Priddy of Edmonson County in October of 2012.
After a joint 13-month Kentucky State Police and U.S. Army Fort Campbell Criminal Investigation Division inquiry, Knight was charged with murder, robbery, maiming and housebreaking, and one specification of aggravated sexual contact, in November of last year. Knight has been in pretrial confinement since being charged.
Priddy was found beaten to death at his home at 209 Ray Vincent Road by his girlfriend, Makalla Knight, who was undergoing divorce proceedings from Robbie Knight at the time of the murder. Makalla Knight, her daughter and Priddy’s sister had been at a gymnastics class when they returned home, finding Priddy’s lifeless body in the home’s living room. It was determined through Makalla Knight’s movements that Priddy was killed sometime between 5:30 and 7:20 p.m..
Priddy served as a Kyrock Volunteer Fireman and as an EMT in Edmonson and Simpson Counties. Just before his death, he landed a metal-working job, something he had received training for while in high school.
Priddy’s family offered a $10,000.00 reward for the capture of Jeremy’s killer, renting billboard space in Murfreesboro, TN in a public plea for assistance in locating the killer. The family also hired a private investigator to look into their son’s death.
Knight’s trial will be conducted by a Military Court.