Whitesburg KY

Woman to serve 7 years for role in killing

Woman pleads in murder case

Dedra Ann Keathley, 52, of 4582 Joes Creek, Pikeville, has been sentenced to a maximum term in prison of seven years. She had withdrawn her plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty to criminal complicity to abuse of a corpse and criminal complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

Keathley, who appeared in Letcher Circuit Court electronically for sentencing May 6, is charged in connection with the death of Rickey Allen Gibson, 44.

She is accused of cleaning up blood and other evidence, disposing of the murder weapon and removing and dumping Gibson’s body.

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

Authorities say Clifford Jermaine Caudill, 38, of Neon, is charged with murdering Gibson and with tampering with evidence for allegedly dumping the body on Haymond Hill.

According to accounts given by Detective Joshua Huff during the preliminary hearing and documents filed in Letcher Circuit Court, the murder occurred either on April 28 or April 29. Huff says Caudill, Keathley, Gibson, and Clarence Brown were using methamphetamines in the bathroom in a trailer when Caudill became paranoid and accused Gibson of being a police informant. According to Huff, Caudill told him during questioning that he got scared, pulled a gun, and shot Gibson once in the head.

Huff said Caudill never said why no one called 911, or if Gibson was still alive after the gunshot.

“We continued to state, ‘There was a lot of blood’,” Huff said in court.

According to authorities,

Caudill, Brown and Keathley loaded Gibson’s body into the back of a car belonging to Keathley’s mother and hauled him to strip mined area on Haymond Hill. Once there, they shoved the body over the hill, Huff said. Police determined the location where the body was dumped because the car was leaking large amounts of oil. When they found a puddle of oil, they looked over the hill and found Gibson’s partially decomposed body wrapped in sheets.

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