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Pacheco Pleads Not Guilty to Quadruple Murder Charges

Kentucky State Police

The Mayfield man facing four charges of capital murder has pleaded not guilty today in Calloway County Circuit Court.  

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship says he’ll  likely seek the death penalty for 21-year-old Pascasio Pacheco, which could make it the first case in close to a century.

Pacheco is accused of  the November 17 shooting deaths of his aunt and uncle, Marisol Hernandez-Arellano, 24, and Bulmaro Arellano, 29, then setting  fire to their home on KY 121 south of Murray, killing their two small children, aged 5 and 1.

Kentucky State Police arrested Pacheco November 23.  

Blankenship says this could be the first death penalty case in the county in close to 100 years.

"It could go back to the Lube Martin case," said Blankenship. "That was near the turn of the century, I think. I've been leaving in this community since the fifties, went to high school here, and there's never been a death penalty case in Calloway and Marshall since I've been alive." 

No trial date has been set. 

Blankenship says due to the large amount of evidence needed to be processed and turned over for discovery, it’s likely a trial won’t take place until next year.

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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