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March 28, 2014

Bond an issue for man charged with attempted murder

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A bond review for a man sought for months by Whitley County deputies after he allegedly shot at a grandfather and his young grandchild in 2012 did not make it too far in court Thursday.

Carl W. Scalf, 48, of Corbin, appeared handcuffed in jail attire before Judge Paul Winchester in Whitley County Circuit Court Thursday with his defense attorney, Ron Findell.

He faces charges of attempted murder and first-degree wanton endangerment in the alleged shooting incident.

Thursday’s hearing was to learn what bond could be met by Scalf and/or his family to get him out of jail on bond.

During his hearing Thursday, Scalf told Winchester that he had been “in isolation” while jailed.

“I’ve asked 15 times (during) three different shifts (to make a phone call),” Scalf told the judge. “(I’m) not allowed to make a phone call.”

Winchester then set another bond review hearing for April 21.

Findell told his client that a female slated to visit him on Saturday may be able to make arrangements to determine what could be paid in order to get him released.

Findell then asked Winchester if a bond hearing could be scheduled for Monday, just in case something could be worked out over the weekend.

“(You can) see what can be offered (so you) can tell the judge,” Findell said to Scalf. “It can be cash or property.”

Scalf remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond.

In February, Scalf was arraigned on the charges.

At that hearing, bond was an issue as well. It was learned that Scalf “had nowhere to get mail.”

“If you have no address you’ll have trouble with a bond,” Winchester said then.

Scalf turned himself into the Whitley County Detention Center at the end of January, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell, who said he faces two counts of attempted murder and two counts of wanton endangerment.

Harrell said the events began unfolding just before 10 p.m. June 2, 2012, at the Oak Grove School Road residence of Charlene Lowe.

Henderson Day, Lowe’s ex-husband, came to the home for a visit with his grandchild.

Lowe and Scalf lived together as boyfriend and girlfriend in Lowe’s home, Harrell said.

“(He) goes to the front door and knocks, and Charlene (Lowe) opens the door,” the sheriff said. “All of a sudden here comes Scalf from the bedroom with a pistol.”

Scalf demanded Day leave the property.

“Henderson Day jumps into his car to leave,” Harrell said. “And he tried to leave — that’s when Scalf just shot the car up.”

Harrell added that at least one of the shots fired went over the heads of Day and his grandchild.

“There was damage to the left and right side doors of the vehicle, the hood and the windshield,” the sheriff said.

After Day began driving away, the situation worsened, Harrell said.

“Scalf then jumped into his own car and started following him,” the sheriff alleged. “He tried several times to run (Day) off the road.”

During the chase, Scalf allegedly rammed his vehicle into Day’s car.

“Day then contacts the Corbin Police Department on the hit and run,” Harrell said.

Deputy John Hill leads the investigation, and both he and Deputy Joe Prewitt responded to the initial call.

Harrell said his whereabouts for the previous 19 months before turning himself in in January were unknown, although the Kentucky State Police received reports of various sightings in and around the Corbin area.

“But those obviously had no results,” he said.

Scalf was indicted for these charges in July 2012. He was originally jailed on a $200,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet requirement.

No trial date has yet been set in this case.

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