TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Arrests Made in Jessica Currin Murder Investigation
Date of News Release: 03/24/2007
(MAYFIELD, KY.) A joint investigation by Kentucky State Police (KSP) and Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) has led to the arrest of two people in connection with the July 30, 2000, Graves County murder of Jessica Currin. For the past year, the two agencies have worked together in the ongoing investigation resulting in these arrests.
"I commend the partnership between the Mayfield Post and the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation which produced this major break in the ongoing Currin murder investigation," stated KSP Commissioner Jack Adams. "Although this is still an active investigation, these arrests are a significant turning point in this case."
On Saturday, March 24, 2007, at 0132 hours, the following suspects were arrested:
Jeffery Allen Burton, W/M, 27 of West Paducah, KY.: Complicity to Capital-Murder, Complicity to Kidnapping, Rape 1st Degree, Complicity to Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Complicity to Abuse of a Corpse. Burton was lodged in the Graves County Detention Center, where he remains under a $1,000,000 cash bond.
Tamara C. Caldwell, B/F, 27 of Mayfield, KY.: Complicity to Capital-Murder, Complicity to Kidnapping, Rape 1st Degree, Sodomy 1st Degree, Complicity to Tampering with Physical Evidence and Complicity to Abuse of a Corpse. Caldwell was lodged in the Graves County Detention Center, where she remains under a $1,000,000 cash bond.
The Kentucky State Police have also obtained arrest warrants pertaining to (3) Quincy Omar Cross, B/M, 31 of Tiptonville, TN. Cross will be charged with the following offenses: Complicity to Capital-Murder, Assault-1st Degree, Complicity to Kidnapping, Sodomy 1st Degree, Complicity to Rape 1st Degree, Complicity to Tampering with Physical Evidence, Tampering with a Participant in the Legal Process, and Complicity to Abuse of a Corpse.
Cross is a black male, approximately 5'05", 180 lbs, black hair, and brown eyes. Cross' whereabouts are unknown to police at this time and he remains a FUGITIVE. He should be considered armed and dangerous. The public is reminded that they should not attempt to apprehend Cross. The Kentucky State Police request any information from the public regarding the location of this fugitive. The public can report this information by dialing "911" or contacting Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) or (270) 856-3721.
"The joint effort between KBI and KSP provides an effective combination of expertise to move this case along," stated Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo whose office will prosecute this case. "We must remember, all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."
On August 2, 2000, the body of 18-year-old Jessica Currin was found behind the Mayfield Middle School in Graves County. Her death was classified as a homicide and in February 2003, the Kentucky State Police became the lead-investigating agency.
The investigation is being led by Kentucky State Police Sergeant Sam Steger; and assisted by other KSP and KBI personnel. The investigation is continuing with the possibility of additional charges and additional arrests.