Update: Harlan County murder suspect's case moves to grand jury

Richard Cody of Harlan was arrested in Washington County, Tennessee. (Photo: Washington County, Tenn. Detention Center)
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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update, March 10
A Harlan County murder case is moving forward. Monday, a judge sent the case of Richard Cody to a grand jury.

He is the man police believe killed Matthew Smith in a home last month.

Cody also faces wanton endangerment charges. Police in Tennessee arrested him.

The grand jury will decide whether to indict Cody.

Update, March 2
Less than a week after being extradited back to Kentucky from Tennessee, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Richard Cody.

Charged with murder and wanton endangerment, his hearing will be on March 9 at the Harlan District Court.

Update, Feb. 21
A man charged with murder in Harlan County signed extradition papers to be brought back to Kentucky.

Police in Tennessee arrested Richard Cody last weekend. Investigators said he used an old key to get into his estranged wife's home and killed Matthew Smith.

Cody faces murder and wanton endangerment charges. He is scheduled for a hearing in Tennessee on March 4.

Original Story, Feb. 15
Officials from Kentucky State Police Post 10 are investigating a shooting that took place about one mile outside of Harlan City limits.

Officials received a call about a shooting at a home off Shope Lane at 8:50 Saturday morning. Kentucky State Police said 59-year-old Richard Cody of Harlan drove to his estranged wife’s home where he used his keys to get inside. Officials said Cody shot multiple rounds, hitting 39-year-old Matthew Smith of Totz who was in the home.

Smith was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officials said after the shooting, Cody fled to Washington County, Tennessee where he was arrested. Cody is charged with murder and two counts of wanted endangerment 1st degree.

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