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Man Accused Of Hiding Body Asks Judge To Grant Temporary Release

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BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- There was a surprising revelation in Bourbon County court, involving the man accused of hiding a woman's body in an crawl space.

Michael Hutsell says he wants to attend his son's funeral after he died in another recent high profile case in Lexington.

It's been more than 14 months since 53-year-old Tina Johnson was first reported missing. The man police say was responsible for hiding her body was back in court Tuesday.

The body of Johnson was found Jan. 3, 2017 in a crawl space inside a downtown Paris house. The woman had been missing for a month before the discovery.

Hutsell faces abuse of a corpse and evidence tampering charges. Before setting a trial date, he asked the judge if he could go to his son's funeral.

Last week, 19-year-old Mikel Willis, was found in the 500 block of East Sixth Street in Lexington with a fatal gunshot wound.

Willis's mother told LEX 18 that Hutsell had nothing to do with raising her son and that Hutsell had no contact with her son until he was 16-years-old. 

Dealing with his own pain, Hutsell says he's been in jail for more than a year, and says he wants his trial now.

"I've been in custody since January 3, 2017," Hutsell said. "I have not been to trial yet. I believe it's time for this trial to get over with."

Judge Paul Isaacs says he tried to get an earlier court date set, but it would be late spring before that would happen.

Hutsell will be back in court in April for another hearing, and then his trial.

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