UPDATE: Arrest Made in Lee County Investigation
KSP Conducts Murder Investigation in Lee County
Beattyville, KY. (March 18, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is continuing their investigation into the death of James Allen.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, Jason Smith has been located. Smith’s arrest comes after a tip was received, about his location. Acting on the information, a coordinated search was conducted by the Beattyville Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office.
Jason Smith, 39 years old of Beattyville, KY. has been charged with Murder and is lodged at Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County.
Original Release Below:
Beattyville, KY. (March 15, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was called just after 5:00 am in reference to a fatal stabbing that occurred on Long Branch Rd in Lee County.
KSP Post 7 Troopers responded to the scene and discovered one man deceased. The initial investigation indicates, the deceased was fatally stabbed during an altercation with another man.
James Allen, 53 years old of Beattyville, KY. was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lee County Coroner. His body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, for an autopsy.
As a result of the initial investigation, the Kentucky State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with locating Jason Michael Smith, 39 years old of Beattyville, KY. Smith is wanted for Murder and is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police, Post 7 at 859.623.2404.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Detective Anthony Bowling. He was assisted on scene by KSP personnel, Beattyville Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County EMS and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.
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