Pike grand jury indicts 13


Phelps woman charged with manslaughter

By Kendra Mahon - [email protected]



PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The Pike County Commonwealth Attorney has released 13 indictments for the month of June 2016.

Pamela N. Smith of Phelps, Ky. was indicted on a charge of second degree manslaughter (Class C Felony). The indictment states the on or about April 11, 2016, Smith wantonly caused the death of Terry Briggs by shooting him with a pistol.

According to a press release at the time of the shooting, the preliminary investigation showed Briggs arrived at Smith’s residence and made entry inside the home and was making threats toward Smith. Smith was armed with a pistol and shot Briggs.

Briggs was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Ernie Casebolt.

At the time of the incident Smith was not arrested and the investigating officer Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 9 Detective Chris Phillips said the case would be presented to the Grand Jury.

Jamie Hardin of Freeburn, Ky. was indicted on charges of burglary, third degree (Class D Felony) and theft by unlawful taking (Class D Felony, two counts). According the indictment on or about July 8, Hardin unlawfully entered a building owned by Vanessa Casey and unlawfully taking electronics and tools in the amount or value of more than $500. Hardin also unlawfully took a stereo, electronics and tools in the amount or value of more than $500 belonging to Jason Casey.

Justin Adkins of Inez, Ky. was charged in a five count indictment. In the first count of the indictment it states on or about the 2nd of June 2016 the defendant committed the offense of assault, third degree (Class D Felony) when he attempted to cause physical injury to Virgil Ray, a law enforcement officer. Count II states Adkins committed the offense of criminal mischief first degree (Class D Felony), when having no right nor any reasonable ground to believe he has a right to do so, he intentionally or wantonly damaged or destroyed a vehicle belonging to Tommy Maynard causing a loss in excess of $1000. The third count of the indictment states the defendant terroristic threatening, third degree (Class A Misdemeanor), by threatening to commit a crime likely to result in death or serious physical injury to Billy Ratliff or likely result in substantial property damage to said individual. Count four of the indictment charges the defendant with carrying a concealed weapon (Class A Misdemeanor) when he carried a concealed firearm or other weapon on or about his person. In count five of the indictment Adkins committed the offense of disorderly conduct, second degree (Class B Misdemeanor) by engaging in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior.

Nathan Newsome of Pikeville, Ky. was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property (Class D Felony, two counts) and possession of burglary tools (Class A Misdemeanor). According to the indictment on or about June 30 Newsome committed the offense of receiving stolen property by knowingly receiving, retaining or disposing of a Trek bicycle, a set of ATV ramps, a Garmin GPS unit and an Apple IPhone, all of a value of more than $500 and which had been stolen from Johnny M. Slone. On the same date Newsome knowingly received, retained or disposed of items which had been stolen from Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Tiffany Rose of Pikeville, Ky. was indicted on charges of theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake (Class D Felony).

Rebecca Hopkins of Elkhorn City, Ky. was indicted on charges of burglary, third degree (Class D Felony) and theft by unlawful taking (Class A Misdemeanor).

Jason R. Ratliff of Elkhorn City, Ky. was indicted on charges of criminal mischief, first degree (Class D Felony).

Stephen F. Burke of Pikeville, Ky. was indicted on charges of trafficking in marijuana (Class D Felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class D Felony).

William Chad Smith of Pikeville, Ky. was indicted on burglary, third degree (Class D Felony).

Justin Jones and Bradley J. Adkins both of Pikeville, Ky were named in a joint indictment stating on or about January 9 the pair committed the offense of second degree burglary (Class C Felony) when, with the intent to commit a crime therein, they unlawfully entered or remained in the residence of Destiny Ratliff for the purpose of committing a crime therein or complicity with each other in doing so. The pair committed the offense of theft by unlawful taking (Class D Felony) by unlawfully taking or exercising control of items of value more than $500 dollars which belonged to Destiny Ratliff.

Rosetta C. Polly of Jenkins, Ky. was indicted on charges of promoting contraband, first degree (Class D Felony) and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (Misdemeanor).

Jeffery Marshall of Salyersville, Ky was named in a five count indictment of third degree burglary (Class D Felony), theft by unlawful taking (Class D Felony), possession of a controlled substance, second degree (Class A Misdemeanor), possession of marijuana (Class A Misdemeanor), tampering with physical evidence (Class D Felony) and persistent felony offender, first degree (Class B Felony). Information obtained from the indictment states on or about July 16 Marshall entered a building owned by Walmart after being told and agreeing to not to enter such building and did so with the intent to commit a crime by unlawfully taking merchandise valued in excess of $500 that belonged to Walmart. At the time of his arrest Marshall had in his possession a quantity of a Schedule III controlled substance and less than eight ounces of marijuana. Additional information in the indictment states due to the defendant now being more than 21 years of age and was previously convicted of at least two previous felony offenses.

(An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)

Phelps woman charged with manslaughter

By Kendra Mahon

[email protected]

Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.

Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.

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