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Three Injured, one Fatally, during altercation in Whitesburg

Date of News Release: 01/01/2014

(Whitesburg, KY) - On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, Kentucky State Police Post 13, in Hazard, received a 911 call from Letcher County reporting that a male subject had been stabbed during an altercation in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Post 13 troopers, Whitesburg Police Department officers, and members of Neon Ambulance and Whitesburg responded to the Letcher County Recreation Center, where the victims were located.

It was determined that four to five subjects had been involved in a physical confrontation on Hayes Street in Whitesburg, after leaving Streetside Grill & Bar. During this incident, three male subjects sustained injuries, while a female was uninjured. Michael Shane Hogg, age 25 of Whitesburg, was pronounced deceased at the Whitesburg ARH, by the Letcher County Coroner. David Christopher Puckett, age 23 of Jenkins, was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. His condition is unknown at this time. Stacy Phillips, age 23 of Thornton, was treated and released at the Whitesburg ARH, while 23 year old Samantha Mullins was not injured.

James R. Huffman, age 24, of Pikeville, was arrested and charged with one count of murder, and one count each of assault 1st and 2nd degree. Twenty-seven year old Patrick Smith, of Lexington, was also arrested and charged with two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Both were lodged in the Letcher County Detention Center. This incident remains under investigation by Detective Joel Abner, with KSP Post 13.