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Suspect in murder faces a new charge

A Pike County man charged with complicity to murder in a New Year’s Day stabbing death in Whitesburg will be arraigned today (Wednesday) on an unrelated charge.

Patrick Smith, 27, of the Greasy Creek area of Pike County, has been charged with second-degree promoting contraband after a small amount of tobacco was found rolled in a piece of paper with Smith’s clothes and other belongings during a cell search in the Letcher County Jail, according to a citation.

Smith is accused of pinning Michael Shane Hogg to the ground while 34-yearold James Richard Huffman IV, also of Pike County, stabbed Hogg to death during an altercation near a parking lot above the old Whitesburg Post Office on Hayes Street, also known as Back Street.

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