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Manslaughter Investigation And Arrest in Whitley County

Date of News Release: 02/22/2007

(LONDON) - On February 21, 2007 at 6:55 PM the Whitley County 911 Dispatch Center received a fight complaint at 8416 Highway 25 South in Whitley County. Sheriff´s Deputies and EMS personnel responded to the scene and discovered Kenneth M. Dugger, 46 of Williamsburg, unresponsive. Dugger was transported to the Jellico Hospital in Tennessee where he was pronounced dead. The Whitley County Major Crimes Task Force was activated and discovered that Dugger was visiting his children, at his ex-wife´s residence, when a verbal argument began with her boyfriend, Jack W. Hayes, 41 of Williamsburg. The argument escalated into a physical altercation where Dugger received his injuries. Hayes was arrested on the charge of Manslaughter 1ST degree and was lodged in the Whitley County Jail. An autopsy has been scheduled and the results are pending. The Whitley County Major Crimes Task Force is continuing the investigation with KSP Detective Colan Harrell as lead investigator.

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