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Murder Investigation in Harlan County - Wanted Person

Date of News Release: 12/08/2009

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(Cumberland, Ky.) -- On 12/7/2009 at 8:36 pm, units from Kentucky State Police Post 10, Cumberland Police Department and Harlan County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible shooting on KY 522 near Cumberland, KY. Christopher P. Smith, age 37 of Cumberland, KY had a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, Melissa Clark age 24 of Cumberland, KY. During the struggle, Mr. Smith discharged a firearm, killing Kimberly R. Ealy, age 32 of Cumberland, KY. Melissa Clark and a 13 year old juvenile were able to escape to a residence to safety.

Christopher P. Smith, DOB: 02/21/1972 is Wanted for Murder. This subject is considered ARMED and DANGEROUS. He is operating a 1997 Black Ford F-150 with Kentucky license plate number 015-CDH.

This case is still under investigation by Detective Michael Cornett of Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan.

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