Court date set for man accused of Perry County murder

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) Update 10/10/18
A man indicted for murder in Perry County will appear back in court next year.

Police said Harold Hayes killed Terry Stidham in August.

The shooting happened on Elm Shoal Branch in the Combs community.

Hayes faces murder and tampering with physical evidence charges.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Hayes on February 13.

Update 9/28/18
On Thursday a grand jury indicted Harold Hayes for murder.

He is the man police said killed Terry Stidham.

The shooting happened in late August on Elm Shoal Branch in the Combs community.

Hayes also faces a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

Original Story
A Perry County murder case is on its way to a grand jury.

Harold Hayes is accused of killing Terry Stidham in the Combs Community of Perry County on August 8th.

"He has destroyed our family," said Stidham's daughter Lindsey Stidham.

The Stidham family's emotions are still high 20 days after their father, brother, and son was killed.

"It's been hard, barely sleeping, not eating, it's just nothing, I don't feel nothing right now," said Stidham's 12-year-old son Payton Stidham.

Tuesday, Kentucky State Police presented evidence they have against Hayes in the case.

Officials stated that currently, they have security footage from Hazard's Walmart that shows Hayes, along with a woman, buying 9mm ammunition. They also have surveillance footage from other businesses that they still have to go through.

"To hear how many times my dad had been shot, he had been chased, there's witnesses, it's just a big shock," said Lindsey.

KSP officials also say they have statements from neighbors who heard between three and five gunshots around the time it happened. Officials also say they have statements from two women who were in a white, what detectives believe to be, 2004 Chevrolet Impala Hayes drove to commit the crime.

"I will never get that answer, of why this had to be my dad. I never will," said Lindsey Stidham.

The judge presiding over Tuesday's hearing found there is enough probable cause to send the case on to the grand jury. They are expected to take up the case next month.



 
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