TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Murder Investigation and Arrest in Calloway County
Date of News Release: 12/23/2009
(Murray, Ky.)-- Kentucky State Police detectives are currently investigating the murder of a Murray Kentucky man whose body was found Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 3:15 PM, State Police responded to a single vehicle collision on Jones Sparkman Road in Calloway County. Initial reports indicated that a vehicle had driven into a creek bed between Butterworth and Thurman Road. Initial investigation into the collision revealed that the driver and front passenger of the vehicle sustained injury and a rear passenger of the vehicle appeared to be deceased but could not immediately be examined due to extensive vehicle damage. After gaining access to the rear passenger, it was discovered that he had sustained multiple stab wounds to the chest, neck, and back. The deceased was later identified as 23-year-old, Herbert Donald Scandell of Murray. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old, Kayla Workman, was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for serious injuries sustained during the collision. The other passenger in the vehicle, 31-year-old, Jayson Workman, was transported to Murray Calloway County Hospital for non life threatening injuries. Further investigation of the collision scene yielded evidence believed to be used in the slaying of Scandell.
At approximately 9:00 PM , detectives charged Jayson Workman with Complicity to Commit Murder. Mr. Workman will be lodged in the Calloway County Detention Center with additional charges pending. The investigation is continuing by Detective Brett Miller with the Kentucky State Police.