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KSP Investigates Fatal Shootings in Lee County

Date of News Release: 08/07/2016

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (August 7, 2016) - The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post has arrested four individuals after two deceased Lee County men were found just off of Hell Creek Road in Lee County.

The initial investigation indicates that Billy Roark, 27 years old of Beattyville, and James R. Brown, 36 years old of Beattyville, were fatally shot on Thursday night in two separate incidents. Billy Roark's body was found on Friday morning and the body of James Brown was found on Saturday night. They were both pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lee County Coroner.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, four people have been arrested and charged for their alleged involvement in the deaths of Roark and Brown. Wesley T. Johnson, 22 years old of Irvine and Kevin F. Kendall, 32 years old of Beattyville, have been arrested and charged with Complicity to Murder. Anthony T. Taylor, 34 years old of Beattyville and Kasandra K. White, 23 years old of Beattyville have been arrested and charged with Murder and Complicity to Murder.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jesse Armstrong.