An Elizabethtown foster parent indicted for the murder of a Caneyville child in his care has since pleaded not guilty to the charge.

33-year-old Billy P. Embry-Martin, of Elizabethtown, KY, was indicted on Thursday, Jan. 25 by the Hardin County Grand Jury for the charge of murder in relation to the death of Hunter R. Payton, whom was originally from Caneyville and was 4 years old at the time of his death.

Embry-Martin was recommended to be lodged on a $250,000 cash bond, and, at press time, he remained lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Embry-Martin later appeared in Hardin County Circuit Court on Monday, Jan. 29 for his arraignment, at which time he entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of murder.

A pre-trial conference has been set for Embry-Martin on Tuesday, March 20.

Embry-Martin was arrested by the Radcliff Police Department on a warrant prepared by a Radcliff police detective on Thursday night, Jan. 11 and charged with Murder, according to Radcliff Police Department Captain Mark Skees.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred on May 8, 2017, in which Payton suffered a head injury that recent test results from the

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State Medical Examiner's Office have determined was inflicted upon him, Skees said.

Payton passed away on May 10, 2017 at Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville.

Though originally from Caneyville, Payton was living in the foster care of Embry-Martin and his husband in Hardin County at the time of his passing, according to attorney Ron Hines, who is representing Payton's parents in the case.

Murder is a Class A felony, punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison or life imprisonment, if sentenced, per Kentucky Revised Statute 532.060.