Murder Convict Found Dead In Prison

A man found guilty earlier this year of murder in Mercer County has died in prison.

Now, an autopsy is underway to determine why.

53-year-old James Crews died in the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange on Saturday.

The warden says there are no signs of foul play.

Crews was serving a 50 year prison sentence for the 2005 shooting and beating of tobacco warehouse night watchman Darrin Maddox.


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  • by john Location: hazard on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:20 AM
    What ever the man done he will stand before a just GOD and answer for it.
  • by Anonymos Location: London on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    He was still a convicted murderer.He died,so what.People die everyday and there isn't any news on here about them.What about someones mom,dad,grandparents,relatives,and friends.He was in prison for cold-blooded murder.I have no sympathy whatsoever for this piece of trash.All of you bleeding hearts are what is wrong with society now.It surely wasn't his fault that the gn went off and shot the guy in the back.Let's sue the gun maker....the steel pipe he was going to beat him with???Let's sue the pipe-makers...How about we stand up for right and actually condemn the wrong.I feel for his family but not for him.He was an animal...ask the other family.I am sure they feel the same way.Let's feel good about the right things and quit trying to paint the picture of him being something other than a cold-blooded thief and murderer...
  • by gail Location: winchester on Oct 31, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    I agree with most that have posted on this page. I feel bad for his family but what are they actually loosing. Nothing, a dead beat. I agree with Gail from Lawrenceburg. For those who don't believe in the death penalty then let the government raise YOUR taxes and keep the rest of us out of it. I am tired of paying for these evil people to get 3 squares a day, room and board. Heck it is hard enough to feed my family 3 squares why does a convicted murder deserver better then us hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizens! No sympathy from here!
  • by mommy 2 b Location: ky on Oct 30, 2007 at 11:13 PM
    I agree with you Larry and Tina, even though this man committed murder, he is still someones family. Someone's son, father or brother. It saddens me that ppl can be so cruel..
  • by Gail Location: Lawrenceburg on Oct 30, 2007 at 06:13 PM
    James Crew ceased to exist when he murdered Darrin Maddox. This was not a case of self defense; he murdered the man. James Crew should have died the same way he murdered Darrin Maddox. For those of you who oppose the death penalty - let's raise your taxes and YOU can pay for them.
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Oct 30, 2007 at 05:36 PM
    These comments are posted because this guy WAS an animal.He KILLED another human.How about that?Sorry for the family,but when someone takes another's life,they deserve what he got.This may sound rough,but I'm sure the loved ones of the victim thought it was rough when they lost their member.I'm sure the family of the victim of this guy is finally feeling some justice.If this guy repented,then good for him.That doesn't change the fact that he took another life,so like I said-what goes around,comes around.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 30, 2007 at 04:59 PM
    Let me tell you exactly what this guy did. He went to the tobacco warehouse to steal a load of tobacco. When a very good man named Darren Maddox wouldn't let him he beat him in the head with a pipe and then brandished a pistol. When Darren, who was unarmed, ran to get help, Crews shot him in the back. He died on the doorstep of a family who knew him- whose kids knew him- and there was nothing that they could do. That what Jimmy Crews did. Then he tried to blame it on Mexicans. I'm only surprised that the dullards that make up Mercer County didn't fall for that. No comfort for him, and if God is blessing his family, He's got a funny way of doing it! Now some preacher will get up there and sing his praises, but it will not matter. He cannot have one drop of water to cool his tongue or a day off his sentence, which is eternity.
  • by Lisa Location: Paintsville on Oct 30, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    Although one family may have closure, this man is someone's son, nephew, cousin, maybe someone's father, and they loved him. I read all the posting, then we wonder why kids are cruel, look who is raising them!!!!
  • by SGT Howard Location: Ky on Oct 30, 2007 at 10:28 AM
    To Larry and all who question our feelings ask yourself this, if Darrin Maddoxx was your father,son,or brother would you fell the same way?
  • by Larry Location: KY on Oct 30, 2007 at 05:37 AM
    I see that this man has been called a lowlife and an animal in addition to all the ugly comments. It's sad that these posters feel that way about another human.
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