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Grand jury says 3 women beat murder suspect

Three women are named in separate indictments by the Letcher County Grand Jury charging each of them with first-degree criminal complicity to unlawful imprisonment and second-degree criminal complicity to assault.

The crimes allegedly occurred inside the Letcher County Jail, where the three women and the alleged victim were being held in connection with other criminal cases.

Brittany Lasean Looney, 30, of 193 Left Beaver Creek Road, Mc- Dowell; Tya Shanel Lucas, 33, of 1804 Thornton Road, Thornton; and Alexis Paige Bentley, 26, of 63 restraining Dedra Keathley against her will on October 5. They are each charged with causing serious physical injury to Keathley, and Looney is also charged with being a seconddegree persistent felony offender.

Keathley, 41, of Pike County, is one of two persons charged with murder in the April 28 slaying 44-year-old Ricky Allen Gibson, whose partially decomposed body was found on a strip mine at the top of Haymond Hill on May 3.

Keathley and the other suspect in the murder case, Clifford Cau- dill, are also charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Angela Fields testified in the cases against Looney, Lucas,and Bentley.

Others indicted by the grand jury and the charges against them are:

• John Henry Gibson, 51, of 81 Seco Drive, Seco, is accused of three counts of first-degree assault, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc. (second offense), failure to wear seat belt, reckless driving, careless driving, improper turning, improper lane usage, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/ security (first offense), failure to produce insurance card and first-degree criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Gibson caused serious physical injury to Tony Kiser, Banner Gibson and Jennifer Gibson, and had an alcohol concentration of .08 or more when he was operating a motor vehicle on August 30. He is also charged with damaging property belonging to Tony Kiser, causing a loss of $1,000 or more.

Kentucky State Police Detective Scott Caudill testified in the case.

• Misty Reynolds, 44, of 7199 Hwy. 931 N, Whitesburg, is charged with firstdegree possession of controlled substance (first-offense), three counts of buy/ possess drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc. .08 (aggravated circumstances, second offense), operating on suspended/ revoked operator’s license, failure to produce insurance card, no/expired registration receipt, no/ expired registration plates, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security (first offense), failure to wear seat belts, obstructed vision and/or windshield, excessive windshield/window tinting and illegal possession of legend drug.

Reynolds is accused of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia including a black eyeglass case, a hollowed light bulb, and a glass pipe on September 7. She is also charged with possessing 18 Trazadone, a legend drug.

Kentucky State Trooper Branden Watts testified in the case.

• Emory Mitchell Mullins, 44, of McRoberts, is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/ possess drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of controlled substance, public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol) and being a seconddegree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Mullins possessed a quantity of methamphetamine and a broken narcotic pipe on September 28. He is also charged with having 28 Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Mickey Stines testified in the case.

•Jessica L. Webb, 28, of 41 Walk Road, Ermine, is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/ possess drug paraphernalia, public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol), and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Webb is accused of possessing methamphetamine, small plastic bags, and burnt aluminum foil to introduce a controlled substance into her body on April 4. She also is charged with creating a hazardous condition at Dollar General Store.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Crystal Renee Smith, 32, of P.O. Box 371, Isom, is charged with first-degree promoting contraband and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Smith introduced a plastic bag containing tobacco and Seroquel pills into the Letcher County Jail on July 18.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Elena Hensley testified in the case.

• Andrew Amburgey, 35, of 303 Hwy. 15, Vicco, is charged with first-degree promoting contraband.

Amburgey is accused of introducing dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Jail on August 26.

Searra Coots of the Letcher County Jail testified in the case.

• Flint Henderson Day, 39, of 5420 Hwy. 7 S, Blackey, is charged with firstdegree bail jumping and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Day failed to appear at a sentencing on August 2 in Letcher Circuit Court.

In a separate indictment, Day is accused of failing to appear for a sentencing on August 2 in connection with having committed a felony, and with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Sandy Wright of the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office testified in the cases.

• Melvin Mike Taylor, 56, of 105 Brass Drive, Whitesburg, is accused of seconddegree escape.

Taylor is charged with escaping from home incarceration on September 23 while being charged with or convicted of a felony.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Mickey Stines testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, Taylor is charged with bail jumping. The grand jury says he failed to appear for a pretrial conference on October 3 in connection with a charge of having committed a felony.

Sandy Wright of the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office testified in the cases.

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