TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

June 18, 2013

Man indicted for Topix post

Charged with criminal solicitation to commit murder


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A man jailed after attempting to hire a killer online was indicted Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Tristan James Hall, 29, of Corbin, was indicted for criminal solicitation to commit murder after allegedly advertising on the well-known website Topix that he would pay $5,000 cash for the murder of Melissa Jones Davis, as well as concealing her body.

This is alleged to have been online Jan. 10.

According to Kentucky State Trooper First Class Don Trosper, Hall turned himself in after the intended victim saw the post and notified police.

He was arrested in May by KSP Detective Richie Baxter and jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center.

Trosper said when the comment was traced back to Hall by law enforcement, the intended victim didn’t think it was credible at the time.

Trosper added the investigation took approximately five months, because time was needed to trace the origin of the post through Internet service providers and websites

Baxter leads the investigation.

Hall remains jailed under a $1 million cash bond. He is represented by Attorney Warren Scoville.