, Corbin, KY

Local News

October 17, 2012

Corbin man indicted for murder

Charged for Aug. 20 shooting death of daughter’s boyfriend

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Editor

A Corbin man has been indicted for murder in connection with the Aug. 20 shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend, according to a Whitley Circuit Court indictment.

William “Bill” Cox, 55, was among nine people indicted by the grand jury.

Cox’ indictment is for the death of Ryan Abner, 21, of Corbin, who was shot with a 40-caliber Glock handgun. Cox was also indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment for firing the handgun into a vehicle in which his daughter and her baby sat.

Cox’s arrest came after Corbin Police received a call before 2 p.m. of shots being fired in the Forest Hills neighborhood, between a wooded area and a home in the 1100 block of Forest Circle Drive.

According to detectives Rusty Hedrick and Bill Rose of the Corbin Police Department, when they arrived at the scene, Cox had reported he had shot Abner. Hedrick added Cox was unsure if Abner was dead or alive.

Police said it was reported Cox fired multiple shots into a vehicle, a black Chevrolet SUV driven by Abner in which Cox’s daughter, who is a juvenile, sat in the front passenger seat while her child was in the backseat of the vehicle.

After police secured the scene, Whitley EMS and Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley arrived. The coroner pronounced Abner dead at the scene at 2:18 p.m. Croley said Abner died of multiple gunshot wounds from close range.

Cox is being held on $250,000 cash bond in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Others indicted were:

*Michael Rose, 50, of Williamsburg, trafficking in marijuana over five pounds, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

*Johnny W. Johnson, 57, of Williamsburg, trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and first-degree persistent felony offender.

*Wendell R. Canada, 30, of Williamsburg, manufacture of methamphetamine.

*George T. Hubbard, 48, of Williamsburg, manufacture of methamphetamine.

*Ryan D. Carlson, 35, of Williamsburg, manufacture of methamphetamine.

*B.J. Starlite, 55, a Whitley County Detention Center inmate, receiving stolen property over $10,000 for possessing a 2012 Honda Odyssey Van stolen from Honda of Frankfort, first-degree fleeing or evading police, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and theft of motor vehicle registration plate.

*Vincent Martin, 23, of Williamsburg, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting contraband for marijuana that was brought into the Whitley County Detention Center.

*Robert Cox, 32, a Whitley County jail inmate, first-degree criminal mischief for damaging the sprinkler system in the Whitley Judicial Center causing more than $1,000 damage.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury and is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0731 Brad Connell & Amanda Matthews at Sanders Park FOR WEB.jpg Made to honor

    While lunch hour traffic on Main Street headed north Wednesday, Amanda Matthews and Brad Connell were putting the final touches on their latest work of art.
    Inside Sanders Park — a place where visitors and local residents alike can stop to rest, as well as to honor the Corbin man who brought Kentucky Fried Chicken to the world — five large plaques had just been installed.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man wanted for stealing vehicle

    A Williamsburg man considered “possibly armed and dangerous” continues to be sought by officers with the Williamsburg Police Department.

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 New home of Corbin Educational Center (former St. Camillus Academy) FOR WEB.jpg New life for a storied campus

    A new chapter in the Corbin Educational Center’s history has begun.
    It involves moving to a new location that’s had quite a few chapters of its own for more than 100 years.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Robbery suspect turns himself in

    A man wanted for a Laurel County robbery turned himself in at the Mount Vernon Police Department Wednesday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 31, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Child wandering in traffic nearly struck by two cars

    Two men are facing charges after a child was left alone and wandered into traffic where she was nearly struck by two vehicles, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 31, 2014

  • Indiana fugitive captured in Flat Lick

    An Indiana fugitive was arrested in Flat Lick Sunday and now deputies are searching for the woman that was with him.

    July 31, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 31, 2014

    Five bronze ‘legacy plaques’ installed at Sanders Park

    Man wanted for stealing vehicle

    Robbery suspect turns himself in

    Corbin Educational Center moves to St. Camillus Academy

    July 31, 2014

  • 18 arrested in drug roundup

    An 11-month long investigation into illegal drug activity resulted in 18 arrests Tuesday, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    July 30, 2014

  • Suspect wanted for assault

    Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a suspect wanted for first-degree assault after he allegedly intentionally struck a woman with his vehicle while she was walking Tuesday — and then simply drove away.

    July 30, 2014

  • Laurel service station robbed

    A Laurel County service station was robbed Tuesday and a station employee is the suspected robber, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 30, 2014