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Accused killers face new counts

2 from Pike among 16 named in Letcher Grand Jury indictments

Each of the two Pike County men charged with the New Year’s Day murder of Michael Hogg now faces three additional charges of attempted murder.

The Letcher County Grand Jury added the “attempt to commit murder” charges to the cases against James Richard Huffman IV and Patrick Smith, the duo accused of stabbing Hogg to death during an altercation in downtown Whitesburg early on the morning of January 1. The charges are included in new indictments charging Huffman and Smith with murdering Hogg and assaulting three others.

Meanwhile, the grand jury accused a third man involved in the case with impersonating a police officer.

The charges against Huffman, Smith and Clifton Brian Daniels, also of Pike County, are among 20 indictments naming 16 people the grand jury returned last week.

The grand jury charges Smith, 27, of 499 Happy Mountain Road, Marrowbone, with complicity to murder, three counts of attempt to commit murder, complicity to criminal mis- chief, two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and tampering with evidence.

Smith is accused of acting in complicity with Huffman to repeatedly stab Hogg and cause Hogg’s death. He is also charged with acting with Huffman in attempting to kill David Christopher Puckett and Stacy Phillips by stabbing them, and is charged with attempting to kill Samantha L. Mullins by slashing the four tires on Hogg’s Jeep and trying to break out the Jeep’s window while Mullins was trying to flee from the scene of the stabbings with the stabbing victims as passengers.

The grand jury says Smith was carrying two concealed weapons, both fixed-blade knives, in his boots at the time he was arrested.

Huffman, 34, of 115 Bank St., Pikeville, is accused of complicity to murder, three counts of attempt to commit murder, and complicity to criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Huffman repeatedly stabbed Hogg with a knife and causing Hogg’s death while acting in complicity with Patrick Smith. He is also accused of acting with Smith in attempting to kill David Christopher Puckett, Stacy Phillips and Samantha L. Mullins, and with slashing the four tires on Hogg’s Jeep and attempting to break out the Jeep’s windows.

Kentucky State Police Detective Joel Abner testified in the cases.

Daniels, 47, 108 Lily Circle, Pikeville, is charged with four counts of impersonating a peace officer while allegedly conducting an investigation in the case involving Huffman and Smith.

The grand jury says that on January 4, Daniels tried to get Streetside Grill and Bar employee Charles Ritchie, Streetside Grill and Bar owner Charlie Wright, and Summit City employees Eric King and Heather Lind to submit to Daniels’s “pretended official authority” in the Hogg murder investigation.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the case against Daniels, who is said to have been acting on behalf of a defense attorney.

Also named in indictments returned by the grand jury late last week are:

• Amanda Cherie Yonts — theft by unlawful taking.

Yonts, 25, of 16531 Elkhorn Creek, Shelby Gap, is charged with the theft of a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck on December 24 belonging to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Whitesburg Police Department Captain Henry Day testified in the case.

• Tony Michael Smith — three counts of terroristic threatening, burglary, three counts of wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, and public intoxication.

The grand jury says Smith, 52, of 13498 Hwy. 805, Jenkins, threatened Kenneth “Kenny” Anderson, Russell Wyatt and Katelyn Sexton on November 24. He is accused of burglarizing Anderson’s home while armed with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, which he fired at Anderson, Wyatt and Sexton. Smith is also charged with damaging the door to the Anderson home and with being under the influence of a controlled substance.

In a second indictment, Smith is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Kentucky State Trooper Michael Burton testified in the cases.

• Kelvin Eric Sexton — criminal mischief, terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment and menacing.

Sexton, also known as Eric Sexton, 31, of 346 Hwy. 1410, Whitesburg, is charged with damaging the security glass window of his cell in the Letcher County Jail by repeating striking it with a cane on December 14, and with threatening and swinging the metal cane at Letcher County Jailer Wallace Kincer.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Angela Fields testified in the case.

• Bryce William Baker Jr. — receiving stolen property and being a persistent felony offender.

Baker, 31, also known as “Bo”, of 352 Pine Creek Road, Mayking, is accused of possessing property stolen from Verlon Taylor on November 30.

Kentucky State Trooper Adam Hall testified in the case.

• Jerry Alden Hall — convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The grand jury says Hall, 45, of 3081 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, was in possession of a .410 gauge shotgun on February 13.

Fleming-Neon Police Officer Tim Miller testified in the case.

• Eugenia M. Fields — perjury.

Fields, also known as Gina Fields, 29, of P.O. Box 1049, 244 Glass Dr., Thornton, is charged with making a false statement to the Letcher Circuit Court on October 30 when entering her guilty plea, saying she had the financial resources to comply with the plea agreement and that any change preventing compliance must be documented and reported to the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney and to Fields’s probation officer. The grand jury says Fields failed to provide notice of a change in circumstances.

In second and third indictments, Fields was charged with making a false statement to the Letcher Circuit Court on October 30 in each.

Letcher Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the cases.

• Anthony Wayne Creech — operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, wanton endangerment, no insurance card, and no insurance.

The grand jury says Creech, 37, of 1276 Big Branch Rd., Hallie, operated a car on February 17 while under the influence of intoxicants and with a passenger less than 12 years old. He is also charged with failure to maintain insurance.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Thomas testified in the case.

• Danny Rob Collins — operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, prescription in improper container, and being a persistent felony offender.

Collins, 58, of 1006 Hwy. 3406, Mayking, is charged with operating a car on January 4 while under the influence of drugs and with refusing to submit to a blood test. He is also accused of possessing methamphetamine and Alprozalam.

Whitesburg Police Officer Alisha Congelton testified in the case.

• Landon D. Sexton — theft by failure to make required disposition.

The grand jury accuses Sexton, 46, of 8161 Hwy. 931 N, Whitesburg, with failing to make payments for a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am purchased from Billy Sexton, DBA Sexton’s Used Cars, from April 15, 2012 to July 20, 2012.

Billy Sexton testified in the case.

• Ronald C. Tackett — bail jumping.

The grand jury says Tackett, 34, of 91 Burke Road, Virgie, failed to appear at Letcher Circuit Court on February 5 for a hearing in connection with a felony charge.

In a second indictment, Tackett is charged with failure to appear at Letcher Circuit Court on February 5 for a hearing in connection with a felony charge.

Letcher Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the cases.

• Brandy Michelle Mullins — bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender.

Mullins, 34, of 819 Ramey Fork Rd., Cromona, is charged with failure to appear at Letcher Circuit Court on February 5 for a hearing in connection with a felony charge.

Letcher Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Adam Christopher Gearles — flagrant non support and being a persistent felony offender.

Gearles, 32, of 2041 Hwy. 343, McRoberts, and Long Fork, Marshall’s Branch, Virgie, is charged with failure to pay child support.

Tara Ritchie of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• David Shane Collins — flagrant non support.

Collins, 35, of 48 Collins Lane, Pikeville, is charged with failure to pay child support.

Tara Ritchie of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.



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