Man charged with attempted murder in Rockcastle Co. beating

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is in jail, accused of badly beating another man. Jason Gambrel, of Science Hill, is charged with attempted murder and robbery. Police say Gambrel caused severe head injuries to Derek Kissee, 23, of Somerset. According to court records, Gambrel was the last person in Kissee's company. Police say Kissee was robbed of $700, then brutally beaten. He suffered multiple skull fractures. Two men looking for brass bullet casings found him at the old Hanson mine on Mullin Station Road in Rockcastle County. Police say they have evidence placing Gambrel in close proximity to the victim and the crime scene. The sheriff tells WKYT he's not sure why both men were in Rockcastle County or where the beating took place. Kissee is still being treated at UK hospital. We're told his condition is improving.

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