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murdering a 32-year-old woman Monday night turned himself into the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department Tuesday morning.

Murder suspect Christopher P. Smith used his coat to cover his head from a photographer Tuesday as he was being helped into the back of a Kentucky State Police cruiser for transport to the Harlan County Jail. Smith surrendered earlier in the morning to Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb. (Eagle photo)

Murder suspect Christopher P. Smith used his coat to cover his head from a photographer Tuesday as he was being helped into the back of a Kentucky State Police cruiser for transport to the Harlan County Jail. Smith surrendered earlier in the morning to Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb. (Eagle photo)

A Kentucky State Police press release issued early Tuesday said 37- year-old Christopher P. Smith was wanted on a murder charge after the death of Kimberly R. Ealy, also of Cumberland, Dec. 7.

Police said Smith was arguing with his girlfriend, Melissa Clark, when he and Ealy began struggling. Police said Smith discharged a firearm, killing Ealy.

Clark and a 13-year-old escaped. The KSP press release said Smith was driving a 1997 black Ford F-150 pickup truck and was considered armed and dangerous.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said a woman walked into the sheriff’s department on Dec. 8 and told him that Smith was afraid that himself in. Webb said the woman said she told Smith that Webb would take good care of him. Then the woman told Webb that Smith was outside the sheriff’s department in her car.

CHRISTOPHER P. SMITH

CHRISTOPHER P. SMITH

Smith waited in the sheriff’s department until KSP detectives came and took him into custody.

From Associated Press and
Mountain Eagle reports.


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