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Not Guilty Plea Entered For Winchester Couple Charged In Son's Death

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) A Clark County Judge entered not guilty plea on behalf of a Winchester couple accused in the death of their son with Down's Syndrome. 

The judge said the couple's applications for a public defender are under review. 

Albert and Patsy Christy's bonds will remain at $1 million each. 

They are both facing a murder charge in the death of their 20-year-old son. He was found unresponsive back in December 2017. According to the complaint, Patsy told deputies she had just fed her son 13 minutes before calling 911 when he collapsed. Upon arrival, officials say they found the victim extremely malnourished, reportedly weighing just 61 pounds. Deputies say he was living in extremely deplorable conditions. 

An autopsy indicated that their son died of pneumonia complicated by malnourishment and neglect. The autopsy determined that there was no food in his stomach. 

Further investigation shows that the Christy family had applied for state assistance until the child reached the age of 18. After his 18th birthday, deputies say that the family stopped applying for state benefits that would have helped provide for him.

The couple is set to appear in court on March 7 at 1:30 p.m. for preliminary hearings. 

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