, Corbin, KY

March 27, 2013

Corbin man facing murder charge appears in court

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

A Corbin man facing one count of murder appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

William C. Cox, 56, made a very brief appearance in court with his defense attorney, who explained to Judge Paul K. Winchester and the court that he “just got discovery” information and needed time to review the documentation.

Because of that, Cox’s case was rescheduled for another pretrial conference May 28.

Cox was indicted in October for the shooting death of Ryan Abner, 21.

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.