Sheriff: Two new developments in Clay Co. hunter shooting

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - As the funeral services were underway for a Clay County hunter Monday, investigators served a search warrant on a home in their quest for information about who opened fire on a group of turkey hunters.

Brian Griffin, 28, was killed after he and another hunter were hit by gunfire early Thursday morning in the Fogertown area.

Late Monday afternoon, Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson told WKYT about two new developments in the case: investigators served a search warrant at a nearby home and they are also waiting on DNA evidence from items found near the scene.

"We've been coming the area out there over the last four or five days since this incident has occurred," Sheriff Kevin Johnson said. "There has been some evidence that has pointed us in the direction of this person."

The shooting happened in a rural area along Highway 638 in Clay County. Authorities searched that area for much of the day on Thursday and Friday when they went door-to-door looking for clues.

"We honestly believe that this individual was shooting at what he believed was a turkey, obviously wasn't the case," Johnson told WKYT on Friday.

Friends of the other hunter shot -- 21-year-old Jason Roberts -- tell WKYT that he remains at UK Hospital and is improving.

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