By Greg Bird
This week the McCreary County Grand Jury released a total of five indictments against seven individuals for April.
Leading the charges was Jason T. Phillips, of Monticello, who was indicted on a count of Murder for his involvement in a March 23rd incident that led to the shooting death of Jason K. Dishman.
According to Kentucky State Police Dishman suffered from gunshot wounds after an apparent confrontation with Jason Tyler Phillips, 28, of Monticello. The victim was transported to the Wayne County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead that same evening.
Phillips and Dishman apparently were both at a McCreary County residence on West Highway 92 around 7:00 p.m. on the fateful evening when the shooting occurred. According to the arrest warrant the two men were alone
outside of the home when a witness reportedly heard approximately three shots ring out. The witness further stated they had observed Dishman running away from the area where the two were originally standing when he was shot.
After the investigation identified Phillips as a suspect in the case, he was arrested without incident the next evening.
Other indictments released Monday include:
Jackie Ball, of Strunk, and Jonah Helton, of Pine Knot, were indicted on counts of Receiving Stolen Property of the value of $10,000 or more, and Receiving Stolen Property of the value of $500 or more for reportedly knowingly receiving property, such as tools and a 4-wheeler that had been stolen from another individual.
Christina Slaven, of Whitley City and Bobby Ball, of Stearns, were charged with Violating Graves for allegedly removing flowers placed on graves at the Pine Knot Cemetery with the intent to re-sell the items on February 27.
Elizabeth Chapman, of Oneida, was indicted on one count of Bail Jumping, for failing to appear in McCreary Circuit Court on felony charges pursuant to the terms of a bail bond.
John E. Phillips, of Stearns was charged with one count of Possession of a handgun by a Convicted Felon for reportedly being found in possession of a handgun on March 23rd after being convicted in 2005 on charges of assault and wanton endangerment.
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.