One year after Savannah Spurlock disappeared, murder suspect’s case delayed in court

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. — In a Garrard County courtroom, a judge granted the second 60 day continuance in David Sparks’ case. He is the man who pleaded not guilty to murdering Savannah Spurlock, a 22-year-old mother, and who faces charged of abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence. Spurlock’s body was found on Sparks’ family property six months after she went missing.

The commonwealth’s attorney asked to push the date so the defense would have time to review the rest of the evidence.

But it wasn’t just any other day in the courtroom; this decision was made on the eve of the anniversary of when Savannah Spurlock was last seen alive. It’s been a year of searching for answers.

January 4: Savannah Spurlock is last seen alive on video surveillance cameras. She was walking with three men out of a Lexington bar.

January 9: Police identify and question the three men last seen with Spurlock. One of them was David Sparks.

January 22: Police serve search warrant at home in Garrard County. The property is owned by Sparks’ family.

February-April: Volunteers and police conduct series of searches for Spurlock.

June 17: Family offers new $15,000 reward in case.

July 10: Remains found during search connected to Spurlock case.

July 11: Remains identified as Savannah Spurlock during autopsy. This is the same day Sparks enters a not-guilty plea.

August 28: A Garrard County grand jury indicted David Sparks on a charge of murder in the death of Savannah Spurlock.

September 6: Sparks pleaded not guilty to murder.

November 1: 60 day continuance granted by judge in status hearing.

January 3rd, 2020: Another 60 day continuance granted by judge in status hearing.

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