Whitesburg KY

Prosecutors want results of phone search kept quiet

Prosecutors have filed a motion asking that information found during a search of the cellular phone owned by accused murderer Patrick Smith be sealed “until such a time as an indictment is returned by the grand jury or this case is otherwise disposed of.”

“ This matter has been bound over to the grand jury and further investigation is ongoing,” Asst. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Jenna Watts wrote in a motion to seal the search warrant return. “The sensitive information contained in the return of the search warrant if allowed to be made public could hinder the ongoing investigation in this matter.”

Smith, of Pike County, is charged with complicity to murder in the early New Year’s Day death of Michael Hogg of Kingscreek, who was stabbed to death after an altercation in downtown Whitesburg with Smith and James R. Huffman, also of Pike County.

Witnesses told police that Smith held Hogg down while Huffman held a knife and struck at Hogg, an Eastern Kentucky University student, and two of Hogg’s friends who suffered non- fatal stab wounds. Hogg suffered nine wounds, including one in the neck.

The charges against Smith and Huffman have been referred to the Letcher County Grand Jury.

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