, Corbin, KY

January 30, 2013

Corbin man faces murder charge

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

A Corbin man facing a murder charge appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday.

William C. Cox, 55, was indicted in October for the shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Abner.

Cox appeared with his attorney Tuesday morning in front of Circuit Judge Paul Winchester for a pretrial conference.

The brief appearance included a discussion concerning telephone records being reviewed by Corbin Police Department investigators.

Cox’s defense attorney apparently did not have the investigation results from the phone record review. It was learned the Corbin Police Department was still reviewing the records, looking particularly at phone exchanges between Cox and another witness, Joe Cox.

Winchester set another pretrial conference date for Tuesday, March 26.

Cox was arrested in August 2012 after detectives with the Corbin Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at a residence in the Forest Hills neighborhood.  

When detectives Rusty Hedrick and Bill Rose arrived at the Forest Circle Drive residence, Cox allegedly told detectives he had shot Abner, but was unsure whether he was alive or dead.

Cox also allegedly fired several shots from a 40-caliber Glock into Abner’s Chevrolet SUV, in which Abner’s juvenile girlfriend, also Cox’s daughter, was seated with her and Abner’s child.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced Ryan Abner dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds at close range.

Cox remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $250,000 cash bond. He also faces two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly firing the shots into Abner’s SUV.