Whitesburg KY

Man held in shooting is indicted

A Letcher Grand Jury has indicted a McRoberts man accused of shooting a man at Jeremiah in January.

Eddie Dewayne Collins, 42, of Joes Branch at McRoberts is accused in the January 30 wounding of Denver Gibson on Black Bottom at Jeremiah.

The shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. outside the home of Shiloh Cody Adams. According to police, Adams was not home at the time. Collins and Gibson became involved in an argument, and Collins shot him in the arm on a walkway outside the home, police said. Collins then fled in a purple Pontiac G6.

The grand jury charged Collins with first-degree robbery, however the indictment does not specify what was stolen. Police said Gibson declined to tell them what was taken from him when he was shot.

Collins was also charged with first-degree burglary for being inside a building illegally while in possession of a firearm, first-degree wanton endangerment for “engaging in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to Jami M. Rayburn, attempted murder for trying to kill Gibson, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and two counts of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.”

Collins was already wanted for absconding probation. Gibson was on parole from a sentence for methamphetamine possession at time of the incident.

Adams was not home at the time, but police arrested him in Hazard the following week on a probation violation. He was under supervised probation until 2021 for a methamphetamine charge, however the state Department of Corrections listed him as “absconded.”

When police located Adams at the Daniel Boone Motel in Hazard, sources said they also found more than $17,000 in cash, at least two guns, methamphetamines and other drugs. He was placed in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on charges of probation violation, criminal trespass, fourth degree assault, second degree criminal mischief, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a prescription drug not in the proper container.

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