In April 29 Issue
Two men were indicted on charges stemming from the shotgun-slaying of a Creelsboro man in 2006.
Kentucky State Police Lt. Eric Wolford said it took three years to track down the evidence and the statements needed to find those who allegedly murdered Paul Montgomery.
Steven W. Williams, 52, of Russell Springs and Danny Hill, age 45, of Jamestown were indicted by the Russell County Grand Jury this Tuesday for their alleged connection with the 2006 Murder of Paul Montgomery.
Williams was indicted for murder and tampering with physical evidence while Hill was indicted for complicity to commit murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Wolford said that Hill was arrested at his residence in Jamestown at 3:08 Tuesday without incident and was taken to the Russell County Jail.
He said that Williams was already in custody.
“He is being held in the Warren County Jail on an unrelated drug charge,” Wolford said.
Local law enforcement as well as others from Post 15 worked for years to secure evidence and new information which led to the identification of witnesses and the seizure of key evidence.
Lt. Wolford responded to questions about other cold cases, saying that this arrest is the second cold-case murder arrest in Post 15 in the past year. He added that they are working toward others.
“This case is just one more that feeds hope,” Wolford said. “Hope that we can bring closure to the other families of victims.”
Montgomery’s body was found inside a small white farm house in the Bryan community by a family member on the morning of December 13, 2006. Russell County Coroner Larry Skaggs said during his investigation that Montgomery had been hit in the chest by a shotgun blast.
The murder charges were just the first of the indictments coming out of the grand jury.
• Johnny Weiand, 37, Heather Edmonds, 21, and Isaac Edmonds, 27, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and controlled substance endangerment to a child 4th degree
• Arthur Lawless, 31, Christopher Stephens, 27, and Cody Mann, 18, are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stephens is charged with being a persistent felony offender 2nd degree.
Verlin Daniel, 45, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, controlled substance endangerment to a child 4th degree and persistent felony offender 2nd degree.
• Christopher Stephens, 27 and Jake McEndree, age 29 are each charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and theft by unlawful taking under $500. Additionally, Stephens is charged with persistent felony offender 2nd degree.
• Randall Shaw, 22, charged with receiving stolen property over $500.
• Terry Stephens, 21, charged with assault 3rd degree, disorderly conduct, and persistent felony offender 2nd Degree.
• Jarad Howard, 26, charged with possession of controlled substance 1st degree and possession of drug paraphernalia 2nd offense.
• Brandon Meece, 21, charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and persistent felony offender 2nd degree
• James D. Bryant, 46, charged with two counts of burglary 1st degree, two counts of theft by unlawful taking over $500 and a single count each of criminal mischief 3rd degree and allegation of persistent felony offender 2nd degree
• Jeffrey Franklin, 43, charged with fourteen counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, fourteen counts of Theft By Deception, and three counts of Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree
• Alvie Tucker, 48, charged with three counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree, fleeing and evading police, DUI, driving on suspended license, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
• Ricky M. Lawson, 45, charged with flagrant non-support of a child
• Christy Carter and Whitney Carter were each charged with a single count of Assault 4th Degree
An indictment by a grand jury does not imply guilt, but is rather the judgment by a jury of their pears that based on the allegations probable cause existed for a trial in the case.