By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
A Flat Lick man is dead and two Knox County residents face murder charges, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Jacobs.
Jesse Jaynes, 45, and his wife, Angela Jaynes, 39, remain jailed in the Knox County Detention Center.
Both are charged in the shooting death of James Cox, 35, at their Bailey Branch Road residence.
Jacobs said Cox was shot twice and found on the property, which is close to the Mills community off of KY 718.
“Based on statements and the investigation so far, we feel Angela Jaynes and Mr. Cox had a relationship at one point,” Jacobs said. “And at this point, both are involved in this.”
He said an investigation continues by KSP Detective Mark Mefford.
Jesse Jaynes, the Stinking Creek Fire Department chief, also owns The Hot Spot in Barbourville, according to Jacobs.
“At first we really weren’t sure what happened,” said Jacobs. “For some reason Mr. Cox was at the residence (the night of the murder).”
He said Cox never entered the Jaynes’ home. “During the initial interview Thursday, we were led to believe it was all self-defense,” Jacobs said. “But further investigation led to their arrest warrants.”
Jacobs said he wasn’t sure who made the initial 911 call. The couple was arrested at their home Sunday.
Cox’s funeral services were held Monday. He is survived by his parents, James Cox, of Lexington, and Marilyn Taylor, of Flat Lick.
He is also survived by four children, James Cox III and Destiny Cox, both of Richmond, Desiree Cox, of Gray, and Grace Cox, of Girdler; and seven brothers and sisters, Denver Cox, Tip Smith and Sarah Smith, all of Barbourville, Jimmy Smith, of Gray, Randy Cox, of Bimble, Penny Mills, of Flat Lick, and Tammy Cox, of Ohio.