Man indicted in Pikeville officer's murder

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A grand jury indicted John Russell Hall Wednesday on one count of murder, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of persistent felony offender.

Hall spent about 36 hours on the run before police found him at a home on the Pike/Floyd County line.

Hall appeared in court Friday and a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. A judge refused bond and appointed Hall a public defender.

"It was a relief to have him caught," said Krissie Prater, a friend of Hamilton's. "Kind of about felt safe again."

The indictment comes one week after Hamilton's death.

"Happy that he was charged, but it wasn't the sense of relief that I wanted," said Prater.

Prater said she and Hamilton started kindergarten at the same time and graduated high school together.

"I just remember us anytime we were together we just laughed non stop, our friends we were a really close-knit group of friends," said Prater.

As Hall remains in jail Prater said she is keeping her thoughts on the man she knew Hamilton was.

"His kindness and his humbleness he always had a smile on his face," said Prater.

Prater wants the community to keep praying for Hamilton's family.

The grand jury also indicted the four people arrested in connection with the shooting.

Greg and Michael Slone, Amanda Dotson, and Jeanne Blackburn are charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension, promoting contraband, and persistent felony offender.

The case now moves to the circuit court and eventually will be scheduled for trial.

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