Elkhorn City woman indicted for allegedly shooting man
by CHARLOTTE SANDERS Senior Writer
PIKEVILLE, Ky. Charged with first degree assault, a 34-year-old Elkhorn City woman is among 13 persons indicted by the October 2009 Grand Jury serving Pike County Circuit Court.
Commonwealth Attorney Rick L. Bartley just released the list of true bills, one of which accuses Misty Dawn Epling of having committed the offense of assault, first degree, when she shot Raymond Stewart with a firearm on April 2, 2009, causing him to sustain a serious physical injury.
A Kentucky State Police officer and the victim of the assault were witnesses before the grand jury.
Among other charges involved in the indictments were first degree robbery, identity theft, driver violations, fraud, drugs and wanton endangerment.
Steven M. Dotson, 36, also known as Johnny Red, of Ransom, Ky., is charged with robbery, first degree, when, in the course of committing a theft from Stirl Hager, he used or threatened the immediate use of physical force on Stirl Hager while armed with a deadly weapon.
# Brandon Cornette, 24, of Pikeville, and Casey Collins, 25, of Raccoon, Ky., are jointly charged with a Class B felony, robbery, first degree, on Oct. 28, 2009.
The defendants used or threatened immediate use of physical force when in the course of committing a theft from the Dollar General store. They allegedly caused physical injury to Suzanne Hall, a person not a participant in the crime, while armed with a deadly weapon.
Defendant Collins is now being charged in Count II with the offense of Persistent Felony Offender, second degree, for having previously been convicted of theft by unlawful taking and third degree burglary, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison in 2005.
Defendant Cornette also is being charged as a Persistent Felony Offender, second degree, for having been charged with theft by unlawful taking and third degree burglary. He was sentenced to two years in prison in 2007.
# Billie D. West, 44, of McVeigh, Ky., and Eddie Simpkins, 46, of Williamson, W.Va., are jointly charged with theft by unlawful taking or exercising control of property valued at $500 or more, which belonged to Sidney Coal Company, or in complicity with each other in so doing. The offense occurred Aug. 9, 2009.
West is additionally charged in five other counts. One charges him with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, third offense, at a time when he had previously been convicted twice of said offense in Floyd County in 2005 and in Pike County in 2006.
West also is charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, hydrocodone, second degree; possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, Xanax, third degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle without a valid operators license.
# Lawrence L. Slater, 27, of Turkey Creek, Ky., is accused of the following: Possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance; possessing prescription drugs not in proper container; possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of less than 8 ounces of a Schedule I controlled substance, marijuana.
Two women are charged in separate indictments with theft of identity:
Jessica Compton, 36, of Ashcamp, Ky., is accused of identity theft when she knowingly possessed or used identifying information of Margaret Williams without consent and with the intent to represent that she was such person and to avoid detection on May 29, 2009. She also is charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, second offense (a misdemeanor)..
Linda Jeanette Mullins, 46, of Ligon, Ky., stands indicted for identity theft when, on Jan. 16, 2005, she knowingly possessed or used identifying information of Sabrina Sue Case without consent and with the intent to represent that she was such person in order to avoid detection.
# Michael Varney, 30, of Phyllis, Ky., is charged with the offense of fraudulent use of a credit card, using a credit or debit card in November 2008 knowing it to be forged, expired or revoked. He represented to another that they were legitimately entitled to such use or possession. The value of goods or services obtained exceeded $100 within a six-month period.
Count II accuses Varney of theft by deception by obtaining cash from Community Trust Bank in consideration of a fraudulently made credit card.
Brittany Smallwood, 23, of Jenkins, Ky., was indicted for two offenses, one involving operation of a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of or above .08, or while under the influence of alcohol with aggravator (fourth offense.) The indictment notes she was convicted of said offense on at least three previous occasions in Pike County (twice in 2006 and once in 2009).
Count II charges her with operating a motor vehicle on Sept. 27, 2009 while license was DUI suspended or revoked.
Felicia R. Adkins, 40, and Johnny Dean Adkins, 50, both of Raccoon, Ky., are jointly indicted on two counts of wanton endangerment, second degree, during the period Sept. 7-11, 2009 in Pike County. They allegedly wantonly engaged in conduct that created a substantial danger of physical injury to two persons.
Grand jury witnesses in the various cases included officers of the Kentucky State Police, the Pike County Sheriffs Office, and the Pikeville Police Department, and two other individuals.
(An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)
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