Grand jury returns attempted murder indictment

Cris Ritchie — Editor

October 31, 2013

HAZARD—The case against a man accused of beating another man and leaving him to die in the North Fork of the Kentucky River will move forward after the grand jury returned an indictment last week.

Larry Yocum, 42, was indicted on charges of attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence. Officers with the Hazard Police Department arrested Yocum on Sept. 30 after receiving information that he had beaten Jeffrey Karr and attempted to drown him in the river early that day. Yocum was alleged to have assaulted Karr with a brick to his head before he attempting to weigh Karr down in the water.

Karr was located several yards downriver from the original scene, and later transported to the University of Kentucky hospital and released the following day.

Yocum is also charged with tampering with physical evidence alongside 47-year-old Teresa Karr, Jeffrey Karr’s wife with whom police say Yocum was involved in a romantic relationship. Police say Yocum and Teresa Karr washed his clothes after the assault on her husband, destroying potential evidence that could have been used in the investigation.

Yocum is currently lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond, while Teresa Karr is being held on $20,000.