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Murder Investigation Update and Indictments

Date of News Release: 10/25/2011

(Morehead, Ky.) -- The Elliott County Grand Jury handed down indictments in the murder of Earl Ray Adkins on October 25, 2011. Investigation by Detective Donnie McGraw led to the indictments being handed down today. Melinda Applegate and Bobby J. Gilliam were indicted in the murder of Earl Ray Adkins that occurred on October 2, 2011. Both Melinda Applegate and Bobby J. Gilliam have been indicted on the charges of Murder, Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Trooper Royse Collett served the indictments on both Ms. Applegate and Mr. Gilliam at the Elliott County Courthouse in Sandy Hook. Both subjects will remain lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville.

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Murder Investigation in Elliott County

Date of News Release: 10/03/2011

(Morehead, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police at Morehead are investigating the murder of an Elliott County man. The body of Earl Ray Adkins, 48, of Sandy Hook, was discovered outside his residence along KY 650 on Sunday, 10/02/2011. Evidence revealed that Mr. Adkins was the victim of a gunshot-related homicide. Investigation led to the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Bobby Gilliam, 31, of Sandy Hook. Mr. Gilliam was located and arrested by the Clinton County, Ohio Sheriff's Office that same afternoon. He is presently being held as a fugitive from justice in Ohio, but upon his return to Kentucky, Mr. Gilliam is expected to face charges including Murder, Robbery (1st degree), Burglary (1st degree), and Tampering with Physical Evidence. KSP was assisted in the investigation by the Elliott County Sheriff's Office, the Elliott County Coroner's Office, the Clinton County, Ohio Sheriff's Office, and the West Carrollton, Ohio Police Department. The investigation is continuing by Detective Donnie McGraw of the KSP's Morehead Post. Members of the public having any information they believe may be helpful to the investigation are asked to contact KSP, Morehead at (606) 784-4127.

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