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Death Investigation in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 07/02/2007

(LONDON, KY) - On Sunday, July 01, 2007, approximately 11:36 PM the Laurel County 911 Dispatch Center received a report of a shooting incident at 843 Sinking Creek Road in Laurel County, KY. Upon arrival officers from the Kentucky State Police and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office discovered Jesse R. Justice, Jr. 46, of London, deceased inside the residence. The Laurel County Major Crimes Task Force was activated, which is comprised of Detectives from the London City Police, the Laurel County Sheriff's Office and the Kentucky State Police. The task force determined that Justice had gone to the residence armed with a Machete and was shot by Paul Whitworth, father of Justice's wife Edna Whitworth. An active Domestic Violence Order (DVO) was in effect at the time against Justice, which was taken out by Edna Whitworth and her parents. The Laurel County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident with Kentucky State Police Detective Mark Allen as lead investigator.

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