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 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press

A man accused of gunning down a prominent Kentucky defense attorney told police he had deciphered messages from a newspaper and music instructing him to carry out the killing outside the lawyer's office, a police detective testified Wednesday. Clinton Inabnitt, 40, charged with murder in last month's slaying of Mark Stanziano, told police he believed that if he carried out the killing, the ringing in his ears would stop, Somerset Police Detective Chris Gates said at a court hearing.

"He was told through the newspaper voices and he was told that the ringing in his ears would go away if he did this," Gates testified. A judge sent the case to a grand jury after hearing testimony from Gates and a sheriff's detective who witnessed the shooting. Soon after the slaying, Inabnitt vaguely told his police questioners that he was following orders from "these people," Gates said.

Inabnitt told police that Stanziano laughed off his warning. "He made it very clear to us that he said this is something I don't want to do but it's something that I had to do," said Gates, who participated in the questioning.

Clinton D. Inabnitt listens to testimony during a preliminary hearing for him on July 16, in Pulaski County District Court in Somerset, Kentucky.Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader via AP
—The Associated Press