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June 21, 2010

15-year-old charged with murder

Laurel County eighth grader indicted in shooting death of cousin

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

A South Laurel Middle School eighth grader has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his cousin.

The Laurel grand jury indicted Travis Hammack, 15, of Byble Road near Fariston, on Monday on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the death of 15-year-old Craig Hammack.

In the early afternoon of Saturday, April 24, Travis Hammack reportedly shot his cousin with a 12-gauge shotgun.

According to Laurel Deputy Coroner Chris Vanover, the gunshot wound was in Craig Hammack’s neck just below the chin.

Kentucky State Police Detective Mark Allen reported that the cousins had been playing video games in Travis Hammack’s living room when an argument broke out between them.

Another source reported that the argument apparently grew out of Travis Hammack’s trying to get Craig Hammack to leave the home.

Craig Hammack was shot after Travis Hammack allegedly went to a back bedroom closet and got his father’s shotgun, Allen said.

After using the weapon, Travis Hammack reportedly replaced it in the closet and ran to the home next door to report the incident. A family member dialed 911 to report the shooting.

Craig Hammack was a ninth grader at South Laurel High School.

In the week following the shooting, a preliminary hearing was held in district court.

According to Kentucky statute, a 14-year-old or older child charged with a capital offense using a firearm is to be transferred to circuit court to be tried as an adult, and faces the same penalties as an adult if found guilty.

The young person is to be confined in a facility or program for young offenders until turning 18, when he is then transferred to an adult facility or program.

Travis Hammack was lodged at the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.

In other indictments released Friday, a Gray couple was charged with assaulting each other, in two separate indictments.

Kelly Wilson (aka Walker, Combs), 30, of Gray, reportedly stabbed William Wilson on June 2 and was charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.

The grand jury also indicted her husband, 54-year-old William Wilson, also of Gray, with second-degree assault for beating and cutting her. The incident happened in Laurel County, according to the indictment.

Others indicted in Laurel County were:

• Kenneth Martin, Jr., 39, of London, first-degree attempted robbery by attempting on June 8 to use physical force and a firearm while attempting a theft at Thompson Drug and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was also charged with first-degree persistent felony offense, (PFO).

• John Parker, 38, of London, was charged with third-degree assault on Laurel County Constable Eldon Brown “by fighting him and thereby causing physical injury.” He was also charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree criminal trespass, third-degree attempted burglary and theft by unlawful taking of less than $300.

• Amy Lake, 32, of Barbourville, was charged with third-degree assault on Laurel Deputy Sheriff Robert Mitchell, giving police a false name and address, and driving on DUI suspended license.

• Mark Foster, 41, of Cincinnati, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree assault and driving under the influence.

• Joshua Gill, 23, of London, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, disregarding a traffic control device, driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.

• Kaney Hoskins, 19, of East Bernstadt, two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of theft of a firearm.

• Jeremy L. Reams, 25, of London, first-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000 and theft of a firearm.

• Michael Francis, 27, and James F. Tankersley, 33, of London, third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000. Francis is charged with second-degree PFO.

• Jason Williamson, 34, of London, two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000 and first-degree criminal mischief.

• Jeff House, 48, (address not listed), six counts of second-degree forgery and seven counts of theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000.

• Elizabeth Hale, 40, of Lexington, six counts of theft by deception of $300 or more and second-degree PFO.

• Jennifer Brown (aka Johnson), 38, of London, theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000 and second-degree PFO.

• Charles J. Goforth, 39, of East Bernstadt, receiving stolen property.

• Steven Rush, 38, of London, first-degree bailjumping and second-degree PFO.

• Ernest Clay Hammons II, 37, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

• Michael Williams, 39, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

• Lukeshia Napier Collett-Sowder, 37, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

• Randy Collier, 45, of London, first-degree bailjumping.

• Earl Jackson, 33, of Corbin, two counts program assistance fraud, for $11,463 in Food Stamp benefits and $410.70 in Medicaid benefits, neither of which the defendant was entitled.

• Rebecca Hammack (aka Britton), 31, of London, two counts program assistance fraud, $136 in Food Stamp benefits and $5,619.88 in Medicaid benefits, neither of which the defendant was entitled.

• Myron Keith Litton, 27, of Keavy, Ky. or Helenwood, Tenn., flagrant non-support.

• Nicholas R. Coffey, 29, of London, first-degree and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, growing less than five plants of marijuana and first-degree PFO.

• Kenny Smith, 27, of Manchester, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

• Melissa Burton, 25, and Calvin Allen, 28, of London, three counts each, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and making methamphetamine.

• John Sizemore, 27, Owen Johnson, 69, and Julie (aka Julia) Smith, 26, of London, first-degree and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Heidi Iles, 25, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree PFO.

• Brittany Blackwell, 22, of London, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Layton McQueen, 27, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Ernest Lane, 66, of Lancaster, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Irvine Johnson, 24, Jessie Smallwood, 21, and Blackie Johnson, 25, of London, criminal conspiracy to make meth, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, first-degree possession a controlled substance and possession of a radio that sends and/or receives police messages without authorization to do; Irvine Johnson and Smallwood, possession of meth precursors and distributing a meth precursor.

• Mason Allen, 41, and Bonnie Lockaby, 30, of London, criminal conspiracy to make meth, distributing a meth precursor and possessing drug paraphernalia; Allen, making meth, possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of a controlled substance, cultivating less than five marijuana plants and excessive window tint in a vehicle driven on public highways.

• Brandon Smith, 28, Sammy Bowling, 24, Terry Schiller, 28, Dale Richard Moore, 46, Brandon Kyle Dixon, 31, Brandon Gabriel Hyden, 34, Amber Schiller, 26, of London, and Kenneth Dewey Lewis, Jr., 41, of East Bernstadt; Smith, Bowling, Lewis Terry Schiller and Dale Moore, making meth and possession of meth precursors; Smith, Bowling and Lewis, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first degree wanton endangerment; Smith and Bowling, first-degree fleeing or evading police, Dixon, Hyden and Amber Schiller, distribution of meth and Smith resisting arrest and second-degree PFO.

• Mark Elkins, 21, Michelle Cromer, 39, Joseph Gibson, 29, Shannon Proffitt, 20, of London; Gibson and Proffitt, distribution of meth precursors; Elkins and Cromer, making meth, possession of anhydrous ammonia and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Gibson, possession of meth precursors.

• Jeffrey Baxter, 32, and James Miller, 22, of London and Losie (aka Losa) Smith, 33, of Tyner, making meth; Baxter, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and cultivating less than five marijuana plants.

• Matthew A. Jackson, 23, of London and Andy D. Radford, 25, of East Bernstadt, making meth and tampering with physical evidence; Jackson, first-degree fleeing or evading police, driving without a license, driving under the influence and disregarding a stop sign; Radford, second-degree fleeing or evading police.

• Larry Baker, 32, and Elmer Anderson, 22, of London, making meth and possession of drug paraphernalia; Baker, second-degree PFO.

• Claude Powell Jr., 41, of Corbin and Brittany Yaden, 21, of East Bernstadt, making meth; Powell, second-degree PFO.

• Christopher Southard, 22, and James Arthur, 42, of London, making meth, possession meth precursors, possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of a controlled substance, wanton endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance; Arthur, disregarding a stop sign and first-degree PFO.

• Clayton Hall, 39, of London, making meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Patrick Chandler, 53, of London, making meth.

Carl Keith Greene can be reached at cgreene@thetimestribune.com

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