MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Berea man was indicted Wednesday on attempted murder and kidnapping charges. In a jailhouse interview with LEX 18, he told Leigh Searcy that jail is "the closest he's ever been to a vacation."
In addition to the aforementioned charges, Cotey Hatton, 27, was indicted on charges of first-degree assault, two counts first-degree burglary and three misdemeanor counts of terroristic threatening.
Hatton repeatedly hit a woman in the head with a rock, and intended to kill her, the indictment alleges. He told LEX 18 that he doesn't remember the alleged incident very well. He remembers that after the victim broke up with him he got drunk and drove to Berea. Everything after that, he says, is a blur.
"Terroristic threatening 100 percent. I was drunk and probably running my mouth. Now as far as assaulting her, I don't know. I was drunk. I don't remember," said Hatton.
The indictment also states that Hatton held the victim against her will and twice illegally entered her residence. The second time was after the victim escaped, and Hatton caught her and dragged her back to the residence, the indictment states. Hatton reportedly also threatened to kill the victim, the victim's daughter, and the victim's husband.
When officers arrived at the home at the time of the incident, they found the victim covered in blood, according to Hatton's arrest citation. The citation adds that the victim stated Hatton held a knife to her throat as he threatened to kill her.
Despite the seriousness of the charges, Hatton told LEX 18 that he was content in jail.
"I'm fed more than I've ever eaten. I sleep more than I've ever gotten to sleep," said Hatton.