HAZARD—A man accused of shooting and killing another man in the Ary community of Perry County earlier this year has been indicted on a murder charge this month.
Troopers with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) in Hazard responded to a call on May 5, that a man had been shot at a residence on Coates Branch Road in Ary, the Herald reported last month. Upon arrival at the scene, officers Robert Earl Miller, of Ary, lying on the ground with a single gunshot wound to the face.
Miller had allegedly been in an earlier altercation with 61-year-old James Brewer, also of Ary, when Brewer pulled out a firearm, shot Miller, and fled. Miller was taken to the Pikeville Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Troopers later found and arrested Brewer at his residence.
According to the indictment, Brewer has been charged and indicted on one count of murder, a Class A felony. He is being held on a $1 million bond plus home incarceration, and is set for arraignment on June 18.
Also indicted this month were 49-year-old Connie Combs, 32-year-old Joshua Ritchie, and 30-year-old Krystal Combs, all of Dwarf. The three were charged with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursor, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, six counts each of first-degree wanton endangerment, and one count each of third-degree assault. According to the indictment, on or around March 20 of this year, Ritchie and Connie and Crystal Combs were allegedly found making meth at a residence in the Dwarf community by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office. A bond was set for each in the amount of $25,000 plus home incarceration.
In an unrelated case, Charlotte M. Mullins, 39, of Fisty, and 41-year-old Tommy Johnson, of Indianapolis, Ind., were indicted on one count each of manufacturing meth, second-degree criminal trespassing, possession of marijuana, first-degree promoting contraband, buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs not in the proper container, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and public intoxication. Johnson was also indicted on one count of third-degree possession of a controlled substance. A $25,000 bond was set in each case, plus home incarceration.
Shane Messer, 30, of Scuddy, was indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony, and one count of tampering with physical evidence. According to the indictment, Messer allegedly too a 16-foot-long trailer containing an xMark zero turn lawnmower worth more than $10,000 from a car parked at the Quality Inn in Hazard on or around May 20 this year, and then attempting to conceal the trailer at his home by covering it with blankets. Bail was set in the case at $10,000 cash, plus home incarceration.
Michael S. Kimbler, 50, of Sitka, was indicted on one count of second-degree robbery. According to the indictment, on or around March 31, Kimber allegedly shoved a Dollar general Store employee out of the doorway in the course of committing a theft on the store. Bail was set at $20,000 plus home incarceration.
Samuel Dwayne Wooton, 54, of Hazard, was indicted on one count of first-degree sexual abuse. According to the indictment, Wooton allegedly “subjected a 7-year-old female to sexual contact” on or around May 8 of this year. Bail was set at $25,000 cash plus home incarceration.
Vanessa Higgins, 38, of Viper, was indicted one one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500. Bail was set at $2,000 cash.
Carl Engle, 49, of Keavy, Ky., was indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 (shoplifting) and one count of tampering with physical evidence. A $5,000 cash bond plus home incarceration was set in the case.
Also indicted this month was 48-year-old Robert Dale Terry, of Hazard, on one count of tampering with physical evidence. A $5,000 cash bond was set in the case.
Jerry Wayne Fletcher, 35, of Dwarf, was indicted on seven counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. bail was set at $5,000 cash in the case.
Bradford Baker, 31, of Busy ,was indicted on one count of making a false statement to obtain an increase of benefits over $100. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.
Jonathan Q. Maggard, 31, and 33-year-old Sheila Burrows, both of Jackson, were indicted on one count each of fraudulent use of a credit card after it was reported lost or stolen ($500<$10,000). A $1,000 cash bond was set in each case, plus monitored conditional release (MCR).
April Roberts, 34, of topmost, Ky., was indicted on one count public intoxication, one count first-degree promoting contraband, one count third-degree possession of a controlled substance, one count of illegal possession of a legend drug, and one count of buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000 cash in the case.
Tiwena Cornett, 29, of Letcher, was indicted on one count of first-degree promoting contraband. According to the indictment, Cornett allegedly introduced suboxone into the Kentucky River Regional Jail “by placing sais (sic) substance in a Bible she was transferring to and (sic) inmate.” Bail was set at $5,000 cash plus home incarceration.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.