Whitesburg KY

Brothers held in shooting

A Blackey man has accused two of his brothers of shooting a gun toward him, causing injury to his eye.

Albert Ray Wilder, 50, told police that something struck his eye when his brothers, Edwin A. and Paul Wilder, both shot at him with a shotgun and handgun while he was standing on his porch at 10:57 p.m. on September 26, according to information on an arrest citation signed by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates.

Albert Ray Wilder’s left eyelid was bleeding when police arrived at Wilder Drive in Crases Branch, according to court documents.

Police found two bullet holes inside Albert Ray Wilder’s residence, according to the citation. Three 12-gauge casings and 14 .40 caliber casings where found where Albert Ray Wilder said his brothers had been standing when the guns were fired, according to court documents.

Edwin Wilder, 41, of 484 Wilder Drive, and Paul Wilder, 44, of 722 Wilder Drive, told police that they shot a firearm in the air in the direction of their brother’s residence, but did not shoot at him, Bates wrote on the citation.

Albert Ray Wilder told police that Edwin and Paul Wilder have been trying to take his property since the death of their mother, according to a citation. Lola Wilder died Sept. 22.

Edwin and Paul Wilder were arrested at 12:42 a.m. on Sept. 27 and charged with first-degree assault. Both posted a $2,500 surety bond on Sept. 27.

Arraignments for Edwin and Paul Wilder are set for 11 a.m. on Oct. 8 in Letcher District Court.

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