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Grand jury says man used racial slurs in road incident

The Letcher County Grand Jury this week indicted a Mayking man after he allegedly yelled racial slurs at the victim and forced his car off the road.

Jace Stewart, 22, 281 Ben Hollow, Mayking, who is white, was indicted after being originally charged with first-degree wanton endangerment in a warrant obtained by Hilton “Ray- Ray” Dixon, who is Black. But based on the warrant and testimony from Dixon, the grand jury chose to increase the charges against Stewart, adding harassing communication and second-degree stalking, both misdemeanors, to the felony charge.

According to the indictment, Dixon, who is now a deputy jailer, was driving his car July 30, 2020, when he met Stewart driving the other direction. Stewart allegedly swerved into his lane and ran him off the highway, then made a Uturn and began tailgating Dixon’s car when he got back on the road. The indictment alleges that Stewart made multiple U-turns in order to “continue the pursuit of Dixon’s automobile,” while yelling racial slurs at Dixon, and “making an explicit or implicit threat in order to place Hilton Dixon in reasonable fear of serious physical injury or death.”

The indictment is one of several returned by the grand jury last week. Also indicted was Kyler Ryan Sullivan, 21, address not listed, who is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (2 grams or more of methamphetamine), third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance ( more than 20 but less than 120 dosage units of a Class 4 or 5 drug), possession of drug paraphernalia, improper registration place, and no operator’s license.

Sullivan was arrested November 20, 2020, by Jenkins Police and allegedly had plastic bags, syringes loaded with a substance believed to be methamphetamine, digital scales, and $227 in cash.

Officer James Stephens of the Jenkins Police Department testified before the grand jury.

• Kelvin Eric Sexton, 38, of 422 Highway 1410, is charged with second-degree assault, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Sexton, who was an inmate in the Letcher County Jail at the time of the incident, allegedly assaulted another inmate and cause severe injury by hitting him in the face.

Deputy Jailer Savanah Thacker testified in the case.

• Ryan A. McFall, 22, of 3531 Craft’s Colly Rd., is charged with third-degree burglary, complicity to first-degree criminal mischief, complicity to theft by unlawful taking under $500 (shoplifting), and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

McFall and an unidentified teenager are accused of breaking the glass door on the front of the Food City Wine and Spirits store on November 11, 2020, and stealing alcoholic beverages and other merchandise.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Ashley E. Meade, 32, of 7642 HWY 160, is charged with first-degree promoting contraband, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charged that on January 19, 2021, while she was a prisoner in the Letcher County Jail, Meade knowingly possessed plastic bags with methamphetamine in them.

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