According to the indictment, 52-year-old Samuel Brashear was indicted on October 24 after he allegedly shot his wife, Tamela, on July 8 at their home on Lost Creek before turning the gun on himself.
Troopers with the Kentucky State Police responded to a call reporting the shooting in July, and upon arrival at the scene they located Brashear and his wife inside the home with gunshot wounds.
According to police, a preliminary investigation indicated that a verbal argument between the couple escalated when Samuel Brashear obtained a handgun and shot his wife before shooting himself.
Brashear was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, while Tamela Brashear was taken to the Hazard ARH before being transported to a facility in Johnson City, Tenn. where she began her recovery.
Tamela Brashear sat down with the Herald in August and said while she was still physically sore from the gunshot wound, she noted that she still loves her husband and declined to press charges against him, blaming stress for the shooting.
“It’s just a lot of things going on, and I think he just snapped,” she said. “He was always good to me. He treated me good, and he had never hurt me before. He had never laid a finger on me.”
But authorities pressed forward and presented the case to the grand jury, from which the indictment was returned last month. Brashear is charged with one count of first-degree assault, a class B felony. Bail was set at $100,000 cash.