A Logan County man once convicted of facilitation to murder in Todd County was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green this week on multiple charges of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The office of U.S. Attorney David Hale says 35-year old Kelly Dewayne Morris of Russellville was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition, possession of body armor, and three counts of possession and distribution of crack cocaine.
According to the indictment, between August 1 and October 18, 2013, in Logan County, Morris is alleged to have possessed the firearm and body armor, and distributed crack cocaine to a confidential informant.
Morris was convicted of robbery and facilitation to murder in Todd County Circuit Court on January 21, 2009. Morris was arrested in January 2007 after a grand jury charged him with murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the death of 32-year old Tommie Curtis Pridgen of Clarksville. Pridgen was shot dead July 9, 2006, and his bullet-riddled body was found in a Todd County cornfield the following day by a man spraying for weeds.
Morris pled guilty to facilitation to commit murder and facilitation to commit first-degree robbery, and he was sentenced in 2009 to 10 years in prison.
Further, Morris was convicted of promoting contraband in Warren County Circuit Court on July 5, 2001, and trafficking in cocaine in Logan Circuit Court on February 15, 1999.
If convicted at trial, Morris faces a term of 133 years in prison, a fine of $4.5 million, and a 30 year term of supervised release.
The Kentucky State Police Post 2 in Madisonville has a new commander and he's a 101st Airborne Division veteran who's very experienced in police work.
A news release says Captain Bobby D. Murray was named the new commander. Captain Murray is a 14-year veteran of the KSP and has been previously assigned to Mayfield, Madisonville, and Frankfort posts, and Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch.
He has served as the commander of the Driver’s Testing Branch, Post 8 Morehead, and most recently Post 3 Bowling Green.
Captain Murray is a seven-year veteran of the United States Army where he served with both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. He resides in Madisonville with his wife, Robin, and two daughters, Haleigh and Shelby.
He says he's honored to be and looks forward to serving as the Madisonville Post Commander. He says the pride and professionalism of the men and women who serve the Post 2 area is second to none.
The Madisonville Post serves Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Webster counties.
Both people seriously injured in two separate wrecks in Christian County Tuesday remain hospitalized.
A spokesperson for Vanderbilt University Medical Center says 56-year old Jack Hudson of Hokinsville remained in the hospital and was in surgery Wednesday morning. Hudson had to be cut from his vehicle after a crash Tuesday evening at the intersection of Britmart Road and U.S. 68-80 near Fairview.
Christian County Sheriff's Sgt. Andre Radford says Hudson was attempting to turn onto 68 and drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Meanwhile, 87-year old Ida Thomas of Hopkinsville remains in stable condition.
Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller says Ms. Thomas was westbound on 68-80 around 2:13 p.m. Tuesday and ran the stop light at the Eagle Way Bypass intersection, according to witness accounts.
She struck a pickup driven by 74-year old Charles Banton of Hopkinsville, causing her vehicle to run off the road, through a field and into the Farm Credit Services building.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck near Fairview Tuesday night, with one of the victims flown to a Nashville hospital.
Christian County Sheriffs Deputy Amdre Radford says 56-year old Jack Hudson of Hopkinsville was attempting to turn off Britmart Road onto US 68-80 and drove into the path of a vehicle driven by Donald Hudson of Bowling Green.
The two vehicles collided and Jack Hudson had to be cut from the wreckage by the Christian County Rescue squad and was flown by Air Evac to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Donald Hudson and his passenger, Wayne Bratchen of Bowling Green, were taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
The Todd County Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Department and Fairview Fire Department also assisted on the scene.