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Three murder suspects are among five indicted

A Letcher County grand jury has returned indictments against three people in connection with a murder at Fleming-Neon in April.

Clifford Jermaine Caudill, 38, of 27 Welch Hollow, was charged with murder, criminal complicity to tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Caudill is accused of shooting Ricky Allen Gibson, 44, of Neon, in the head with a pistol on or about April 26 in the bathroom of Caudill’s home. He is also accused along with Clarence Russell “Squirt” Brown and Dedra Ann Keathley of cleaning up blood and other evidence, disposing of the murder weapon and removing and dumping Gibson’s body.

When the murder occurred, Caudill was on supervised release after being convicted of threatening to blow up the Appalachian Wireless office in Whitesburg in 2015.

Keathley, 51, of 4582 Joes Creek, Pikeville, is charged with criminal complicity of murder, and criminal complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

According to the indictment, Keathley also goes by the aliases Dedra Anne Whicker, Debra Anne Bond, Debra Anne Shepherd and Debra Anne McGuire.

Brown, 33, also of 27 Welch Hollow, is charged with criminal complicity to murder, criminal complicity to tampering with physical evidence, being a persistent felony offender in the first degree, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

Police say the four were using meth in the bathroom of Caudill’s trailer during a party, when Caudill became paranoid, accused Gibson of being a police informant and shot him.

Police began investigating the case as a missing person, but information soon surfaced that Gibson had been killed. Officers found his decomposed body May 3 over an embankment off a gas road on Haymond Hill.

Kentucky State Police Detective Josh Huff testified in all of those cases.

In addition to the murder indictments, the grand jury returned indictments against several others, though most of the indictments had not been made public at press time.

Other indictments released Tuesday are:

Charles Christopher Archer, 33, of 173 Rose Boom Rd., Neon, charged with first degree possession of a controlled substance, second offense (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Archer is accused of having methamphetamine, marijuana seeds and a straw in his possession when he was arrested on February 18. Archer was on legal release from a previous felony conviction when the incident occurred, according to the indictment.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

Jessica Briggs, 33, of 91 High St., Jenkins, charged with resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a police officer. Briggs is accused of causing serious physical injury to Jenkins Police Chief Josh Richardson by kicking him in the groin as he attempted to arrest her on April 13.

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