Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Murder investigation in Perry County
Date of News Release: 06/29/2011
(Hazard, Ky.) -- On 06/28/2011 Kentucky State Police in Hazard responded to a shooting incident in the Brownsfork Community of Perry County. Investigaton revealed that Kirby William Couch was involved in a dispute with his sister Sarah Melton. Mr. Couch and Cindy L. Caudill were traveling on an ATV on Brownsfork Road when Sarah Melton fired one shot with a shotgun striking both vicitms. Cindy Caudill was pronounced deceased at the scene, Kirby William Couch also received injuries and was flown to the UK Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition. Sarah Melton was arrested and charged with murder and criminal attempt to commit murder and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Detective Chris Collins is investigating the incident.