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“Senseless killing”: Sheriff releases new information in Pangie Smallwood murder

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Published: May. 3, 2022 at 1:55 PM EDT
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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 05/04/2022: The investigation began after Clay County 911 received a call about a fight at a home on Arnetts Fork Road at around noon Tuesday.

Deputies responded to the scene.

“Upon arrival, they took Elzie Wagers into custody, we found Pangie Smallwood deceased,” said Clay County Sheriff Patrick Robinson.

Sheriff Robinson said they believe the call came from Elzie Wagers’ wife inside of the home. He added they were working two scenes during the investigation. He said Wagers and Smallwood got into a fight on Hoskins Road in the Big Creek area.

”She was still alive, he drove her to Arnetts Fork, to his residence where she jumped out of the car,” he said. “[She] attempted to make it into his house where he killed her on the front porch.”

Officials said Smallwood was stabbed several times. Her body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

”The suspect is in custody, he gave a full confession also,” he said. “We are still following leads, finding more witnesses to take statements off of.”

Pangie’s sister, Jennifer Smallwood, told WYMT she is still processing what happened. She said her sister’s death is absolutely heartbreaking.

Sheriff Robinson called the killing “senseless”.

Original Story 05/03/2022:

We are following reports of a murder in Clay County that happened Tuesday afternoon.

A release from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a home off of Arnetts Fork Road to complaints of a fight between Elzie Wagers, 68, and a woman.

When deputies arrived, they arrested Wagers and charged him with murder.

The woman’s name was not released.

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