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Paul Parsons gets 20-year prison sentence, letter from victim’s mother

The mother of a Whitley County murder victim has a few words for her son’s killer, but we will probably never know what those words are. In the early morning hours of June 17, 2017, Paul Parsons gunned down Denver Nicely, 47, of Corbin, and Joshua C. Wernicke, 29, of Keavy, at a...
Posted On 06 Feb 2020

‘No one deserves to suffer at the hands of these two again,’ mother tells judge

“No one deserves to suffer at the hands of these two again,” Michelle Marlow’s mother, Anna Rigney, told Whitley Circuit Judge Paul Winchester Tuesday afternoon during the sentencing hearing for her daughter’s two killers. Read this story and more for just $.99 cents today, or...
Posted On 23 Jan 2020

Pardon issued in case of 1993 Knox County murder where victim’s body was stuff in 55-gallon barrel

By Charles Myrick For the News Journal A man convicted in the gruesome 1993 murder that left Knox County shaken has been given an unconditional pardon by former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. Delmar Partin, now 63, was serving a life sentence for the death of Betty Carnes on...

Testing of blood evidence slowing progress in murder case where victim was stabbed 39 times

When friends and family members found Billy Lawson dead on Feb. 11, inside a game room he operated on the Kentucky side of Jellico, there was “blood everywhere,” a caller told Whitley County E-911 dispatchers. Authorities determined that he had been stabbed 39 times. A trio of...
Posted On 06 Dec 2019

Verdict: Jury convicts Lowe, Mattie of murder Friday; life sentences recommended

Over the course of about four hours on July 23, 2017, Michelle Marlow was viciously beaten to death at a home on Old Mud Creek Road. Her attackers thought she had taken $300 from them. The money was never found. The beating was so severe that the mother of nine children and three...
Posted On 22 Nov 2019

Lowe-Mattie Trial Day 3: Lowe takes stand in his own defense

On July 23, 2017, then Kentucky State Police Sgt. Tony Dingess followed a trial of blood and drag marks from a gravel road through Chris Lowe and Lori Mattie’s yard up to the backdoor of their Old Mud Creek Road home. Dingess saw more blood in the kitchen floor and then in the...
Posted On 21 Nov 2019

Jurors hear Mattie’s statement to police after body was found in her home

About six hours after police found Michelle Marlow’s dead body inside the home that Lori Mattie shared with Chris Lowe on July 23, 2017, Mattie gave Kentucky State Police a nearly 50-minute sometimes rambling statement about what lead up to Marlow’s death. She offered few details...
Posted On 20 Nov 2019

Duo on trial for 2017 killing

Police found the victim dead, beaten and bloody in one of the defendants’ bedrooms nearly two years ago, and the two defendants unconscious in the master bedroom and master bathroom covered in blood. Now prosecutors are asking a six-woman, eight man jury to convict the defendants...
Posted On 20 Nov 2019

Couple found with dead body in their home, turn down plea offers, opt for jury trial

A southern Whitley County couple, who were found with a dead body in their bedroom and blood on them more than two years ago, has turned down plea deals offered to them by the prosecution and are instead opting for a jury trial, which is scheduled to start in mid-November. Chris...
Posted On 31 Oct 2019

Nov. 19 trial date set for couple accused of murder

A southern Whitley County couple, who have been in jail since July 24, 2017, accused of beating a woman to death, are scheduled to stand trial this fall after apparently both rejected plea deals. Chris James Lowe, 40, and Lori Mattie, 39, are charged with murder and first-degree...
Posted On 06 Sep 2019