Man indicted for attempted murder
by Cris Ritchie
The Perry County Grand Jury returned 35 indictments last month, including one man charged with attempting to kill his brother and another for felony cultivation of marijuana.
Joe Napier, age 40, of Beehive Road, was arrested in early March and charged with first-degree arson and attempted murder.
According to the charges filed against Napier, his arrest came after he confessed to allegations that he had tried to "kill his brother" Darrell Napier "by burning him alive." Perry County Chief Deputy Randy Poff told the Herald last month that the arresting officer, Deputy Jay Vanvranken, was in the area conducting followup work on the investigation where the incident allegedly occurred and encountered Napier. Poff said Napier subsequently "openly admitted to Deputy Vanvranken that he had burned Darrell's house."
According to Vanvranken's report, Napier burned the house because his brother had stolen $20 from him the day before. Napier was arraigned last month and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail under a $50,000 cash bond. He was indicted on teh same charges by the Perry County grand Jury last month.
A Bulan man was also indicted last month on charges of cultivation of marijuana over five plants.
J.C. Brewer, age 34, was arrested in February by deputies with the Perry County Sheriff's Office and charged with cultivating marijuana over five plants when police say they found 35 marijuana plants growing inside Brewer's home.
Deputies were originally called to Brewer's residence in Bulan by Perry County 911 on a call of domestic disturbance. Upon their arrival, Deputies Brant Noble, Jay Vanvranken, Sam Mullins, and Mike Miller were met by Brewer at the front door, who according to police had blood on his shirt and face. Police say they asked for permission to enter the home to determined that no other individuals were present.
Although deputies did not find anyone else in the home, they say they did find the marijuana plants and a fairly complex lighting system, complete with a timer, heat bulb, and transformer. Brewer was indicted by the Perry County Grand Jury on charges of cultivation of marijuana over five plants.
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