Letcher murder case progressing with latest arrest

Clarence Brown is taken into the Letcher County Jail following his arrest May 10th.

An ongoing murder investigation in Letcher County is progressing as yet another suspect was taken into police custody.

33-year-old Clarence Russell Brown, of Neon, was arrested Thursday evening at Dry Fork, just outside of Whitesburg. Brown was taken into and lodged in the Letcher County Jail late last night.

According to Kentucky State Police, Trooper Michael Burton located Brown on Little Dry Fork Road just before 7 p.m. KSP Post 13 dispatchers received several calls reporting that Brown was in the area. He was taken into custody without incident.

Brown was wanted on murder and tampering with evidence charges in the ongoing investigation into the death of 44-year-old Ricky Gibson, who was shot and his body left on a surface mine in Letcher County.

Two other people, Clifford Caudill of Neon, and Dedra Keathley, of Pike County, are also facing murder charges in Gibson’s death. According to police, Gibson was killed at Caudill’s residence during an altercation between Caudill, Gibson, Keathley and Brown.

Both Caudill and Keathley appeared in Letcher District Court Thursday, and the case of Ricky Gibson’s death was bound over to a Letcher Grand Jury for consideration.

Caudill, Keathley and Brown all remain lodged in the Letcher County Jail.

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