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Shooting suspect indicted

A man accused of pointing his gun at officers before being shot himself was formally indicted by the McCreary County Grand Jury this month.

Anthony Murphy, 46, of Whitley City, was indicted on three counts of Wanton Endangerment First Degree for allegedly engaging in conduct, which created a danger of death or serious physical injury to Sheriff Randy Waters, and Deputies Odell Smith and Greg Chaney on December 8.

Murphy was charged after Sheriff Waters and the two deputies responded to a call of a possible break-in on Day Ridge Road.

When officers arrived Murphy was spotted running through the woods toward his residence carrying a handgun.

As the Sheriff and Deputy Smith were making their way toward the rear of the mobile home, Deputy Chaney was in the back yard searching for the suspect.

Murphy apparently came out of a hole under his rear porch, about 30 feet away from the officers, brandishing his weapon. He first pointed the gun at Deputy Smith, who alerted his fellow officers of the presence of the gun.

Murphy then reportedly turned his weapon, a 9 mm. handgun, on Deputy Chaney and pulled the trigger.

Fortunately for the officer the weapon jammed, but the two deputies returned fire, discharging five rounds and striking the suspect in the process.

The Grand Jury returned the following indictments:

Randel Stevens, of Strunk, was indicted on a charge of Intimidating a Participant in a Legal Process for allegedly threatening to shoot Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Reed, who had previously arrested Stevens, on December 9, 2015.

Leslie Howard, of Strunk, was indicted on two counts of Kidnapping, and one count of Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.

According to the indictment, Howard reportedly terrorized and restrained the liberty of two victims on December 11, and knowingly and unlawfully damaged the walls, flooring and countertops in the home owned by one of the victims.

Stephens also faces a charge of being a Persistent Felony Offender after previous convictions in 1994, 2002 and 2009.

Jeffery Litton, of Huntsville, faces a charge of Theft of identity and Tampering with Physical Evidence for allegedly knowingly presenting personal identification of another individual to avoid detection and swallowing a plastic baggie containing suspected drugs during a traffic stop by KSP Trooper Desmond Brittle on October 16.

Litton also was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License.

William Califf, of Corbin, was indicted on a count of Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for having in his possession a quantity of Methamphetamine and a needle on July 2, 2015.

Ricky Stephens, of Harrodsburg, was indicted on a count of Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Fourth Offense following a August 1 traffic stop by Trooper Brittle.

Misty Murphy, of Stearns, was indicted on two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of Marijuana, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the influence of Intoxicants, for allegedly possessing a quantity of Methamphetamine, Xanax, Marijuana and a glass pipe on November 28.

Reggie Dawson, of Strunk, was charged with Receiving Stolen Property over $500 but less than $10,000 for reportedly possessing a stolen 2000 Jeep Cherokee on November 24.

Steven Jones, of Parkers Lake, was indicted on two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Fleeing or Evading Police Second Degree for allegedly having a quantity of Methamphetamine and Oxymorphone in his possession and disobeying an officer’s directive to stop running on October 4.

Anita Roark, of Winfield, was charged with one count of Bail Jumping First Degree for failing to appear in McCreary Court on felony charges on November 9.

The Voice would like to remind our readers that an indictment is not an indication of one’s guilt or innocence, but represents that enough evidence exists in a case to pursue the matter in a court of law.

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