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Grand jury charges Camp Branch man in brother’s murder

Jury indicts man after hospital incident

The Letcher Grand Jury has named Eddie Ryan Profitt, Jr., 44, in an indictment charging him with murder in the shooting death of his brother.

Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a 9-1-1 call at 4:43 a.m. September 10 that a man had been found unresponsive in the basement of a house at 339 Cane Hollow. When troopers arrived, they found Timothy S. Profitt, 42, dead of a single gunshot wound.

According to the citation issued by police, a witness to the shooting was located later who told police he was at the home when the shooting occurred, and that Profitt’s brother shot him.

Police said they located Eddie Ryan Profitt, also of 339 Cane Hollow Road, and he gave a statement admitting that he shot Timothy Profitt. Eddie Profitt was arrested about 2:20 p.m. the same day and lodged in the Letcher County Jail on one charge of murder.

At the time of his arrest in September, he was serving a two-year supervised release for a 365-day sentence in Letcher County in another case.

In addition to the murder charge, Eddie Profitt was indicted on a charge of tampering with evidence of the murder.

Kentucky State Police Detective Clayton Stamper testified in the case.

Others indicted are:

• Glen Evan Gross, Jr., 30, of 5033 Ky. Hwy. 931 North, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree sexual abuse. Gross is accused of subjecting a person less than 16 years old to sexual contact.

Kentucky State Trooper Jason Bates testified in the case.

• Claude Hall, Jr., 32, of 3511 Ky. Hwy. 160, Premium, who is charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol), two counts of third-degree assault, first-degree fleeing or evading police (pedestrian), resisting arrest, third-degree terroristic threatening and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hall was kicking and striking at Peggy Hamilton, a security guard at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, and at Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Seth Whitaker. Hall is also accused of throwing a cup of hot coffee at Deputy Whitaker and threatening to kill or injure Deputy Whitaker.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Christopher Louis Hampton, 44, of 234 Belaire Drive, Jenkins, who is charged with speeding, five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, driving while intoxicated with a suspended operator’s license for driving under the influence (first offense), operating a motorcycle without an operator’s license, reckless driving and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Hampton is accused of endangering five children when he operated a dirt bike with a suspended operator’s license at an excessive rate of speed in the Lakeside Jenkins City Kiddie Park.

Jenkins Police Officer James Stephens testified in the case.

• John Preston Johnson II, 27, is charged with two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, second degree assault, and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment

The grand jury says Johnson threatened to commit a crime likely to result in death or serious physical injury to Deborah Stallard and Tonya Stallard, and caused serious physical injury to Tonya Stallard. He is also charged with pointing a pistol at Deborah Stallard and Tonya Stallard.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case.

• Miller Kenaver Washington, 58, of 90 North Pane St., Jenkins, who is charged with second-degree assault, failure to stop and render aid (serious physical injury) and first-degree criminal mischief.

Washington is accused of causing serious physical injury to Velma Potter when he struck her with an automobile owned by Norma Hall, and failing to stop and render assistance to Potter. Washington is also charged with damaging Hall’s automobile, causing a loss of $1,000 or more.

Jenkins Police Officer Hunter Holbrook testified in the case.

Six people are charged with flagrant non-support of their minor children. They are:

• Jeffrey Alan Ison, 42, of 111, Mayking, who is also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Jonathan Collier, 30, of 809 College St., Harrodsburg, who is also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Barry Thomas, 40, of 1955 Alice Dr., Lexington, who is charged in two separate indictments.

• Brianna Cornett, 28, of 5277 Thornton, Thornton.

• Ashley Belcher, 34, of 257 Henry Hutton Road, Neon.

• Larry Herald, 55, of 275 Ladder Branch Rd., Combs.

Tammi Collier, of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement, testified in the cases.

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