Former prosecutor charged with murder and evidence tampering

PIKE COUNTY, KY – A one-time Kentucky prosecutor, Donald Deskins, 49, is now on the other side of the law, incarcerated and facing serious charges. He stands accused of murdering his wife and attempting to manipulate the evidence, following an incident in April 2021 that ended in his wife’s untimely death, as per the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The case came to light when Deskins himself reported his wife’s demise from their shared home. The police, however, suspected foul play upon their arrival. Court records show that Deskins, who once served as an assistant attorney for Pike County, was indicted last week.

The indictment points to Deskins’ alleged tampering with physical evidence, both on his laptop and within their home. The specifics of this tampering remain undisclosed.

Steve Owens, the legal counsel for Deskins, has asked the public to withhold judgment until the case has run its course through the judicial system. He also highlighted the coroner’s report, which mentioned the presence of fentanyl and meth in the deceased’s system, implying these substances might have played a role in her death.

Deskins is currently being held at the Pike County Detention Center, with no bond amount specified. He is due to appear in court this coming Thursday.