Five Count Capital Murder Indictment Is Handed Down

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

A five-count capital murder indictment is handed down in a murder case that some wondered if it would ever be solved.

27 year old Clayton Jackson was moved to the Clay County Detention Center after a judge refused to give him a bond earlier Thursday.

Jackson was arrested in London Wednesday night and charged with arson, theft and five murders in the deaths of Chris Sturgill, his wife Amanda and their three sons Michael, Robert and Jordan.

It happened in the Roark community of Leslie County in February 2004.

The indictment reveals new details about what may have happened nearly four years ago.

It's been nearly a four year investigation into the Sturgill family deaths before the un-named suspect police claimed to have had, was finally identified as Clayton Jackson.

He was indicted and arrested Wednesday evening for the five murders.

“Sometimes I guess things take more time than what we want them to take,” Linda Smith said.

Chris Sturgill's mother, Linda Smith hasn't even received an official cause of death.

The Leslie County Coroner says state police did not want details released to the public until an indictment was returned.

Even without the death verifications signed, Clayton Jackson's indictment reveals more information into the case.

“We now know Chris Sturgill was not the only one killed before their trailer was set on fire. Clayton Jackson was indicted for shooting and killing all five members of the family, even the three little boys.”

It's hard for Smith to think that a guy her children grew up with could take them away.

“He stayed all night at my house plenty of times, slept on my couch, on their beds, played with them, run up and down the road with them,” Smith said.

The victim's family is smiling together and breathing a sigh of relief that the investigation is picking up momentum with an arrest.

Charged with capital murder, Clayton Jackson could face the death penalty.

He's scheduled to be arraigned in Leslie County on December 5th.

Jackson did not want to be interviewed, but his mother contacted us and says she wants to tell another side of the story.

We'll have the latest on that right here on WYMT and wymtnews.com.


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  • by Someone Who Knew Them All on Feb 14, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    Well for one I know that he could drive a coal truck like that cause he use to help them work on them all the time when he was around there and he was nothing but a bad drug head that would do anything for a pill no matter what it was. plus the way he would talk all the time as well would make you feel that he would do something like this I grew up around all of them. God rest your souls chris,amanda,michael,jordon,robert. We all love you.
  • by ....... Location: ........ on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:14 PM
    you all are idiots! Some of us know what really happen and no one is talking its a shame, thats why it has taken four years and by the way i grew up with clayton and quess what he can't drive a coal truck. like the one that one was stolen that night form the family f***ing think for a min. who do we know that can drive a coal truck that we all suspect of being involved in this. a innocent man's live is at risk here, people talk! its not to late
  • by a friend of both amanda and chris Location: redbird on Dec 11, 2007 at 07:15 PM
    To all of you out there who like to offer their opinion on this issue,one that makes your skin crawl to think of such an evil crime,how can YOU say that he didn't do it alone?Did you know him? Well,if you did then you would know he is a cold blooded killer.He could have done it by himself,maybe he did maybe he didn't.But Chris,Amanda and the three children knew him well,he stayed there in that trailor with them all the time!He is just the kind of person who would do such a thing,someone who would harm his own girlfriend while she was pregnant with HIS child could care less about someone elses child.Remember,its always those close to you who you should sometimes fear.And he was close to that family.I think people need realize that if someone else is involved,the evidence will be there and they will catch them,there is no way they could escape if he couldn't. Justice has been served!! I grew up with chris,amanda and clayton and were close them all. I believe it was him and no one else!!
  • by a friend Location: hyden on Nov 19, 2007 at 08:14 PM
    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY? EVERYONE SEEMS TO HAVE ALREADY FOUND HIM GUILTY. I DON'T SEE HOW PEOPLE SEEM TO KNOW HE'S GUILTY WHEN HE HASN'T EVEN WENT TO TRIAL YET AND THE EVIDENCE HAS NOT BEEN PRESENTED. SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO FORGET THAT SOMETIMES THE PERSON ARRESTED ISN'T ALWAYS GUILTY, JUST SOMEONE TO PUT AN END TO AN INVESTIGATION THAT SEEMS TO HAVE NO ENDING. IF HE DID OR DIDN'T DO IT WILL COME OUT IN THE END. IT WAS A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY THAT OUTRAGED EVERYONE THAT SOMEONE AMONGST US COULD DO SOMETHING SO HORRIBLE TO ANYONE. AND EVERYONE WANTS TO SEE SOMEONE ANSWER FOR IT. BUT WE ARE NOT THE JUDGE AND JURY, WHO ARE "WE" TO SAY OH YEAH HE'S GUILTY? MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILYS, IT IS A HARD THING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH LOSING FAMILY TO MURDER, AND TO NOT KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, BUT DON'T LET THAT HURT RULE YOUR LIFE.
  • by Amanda's friend on Nov 11, 2007 at 08:35 PM
    I want to first and foremost say, Thank God that JUSTICE HAS FINALLY PREVAILED! Amanda was and always will be a dear friend of mine. My heart goes out to the Smallwoods. After reading the post by Mrs. Smallwood, it shows you how wonderful the people are that loved Amanda as their own. Thank you. Please people, scroll down, read the comment from Rebecca Smallwood. You will understand more about the Sturgill family. The Smallwoods wonderful way carried into Amanda's life, shaping the wonderful person she was and we will always remember and miss. A sweet, young couple, trying to make it in an evil world to have everything ripped from them. There is no excuse. No excuse that Clayton Jackson can give will make this any less hard to deal with. Not a day goes by do that I dont think of Amanda or her children and husband. Let's all continue to pray that justice prevails and that Clayton and any accomplice he had will get their punishment...Jail isn't easy for child killers!
  • by Former classmate Location: Red Bird (Beverly) on Nov 10, 2007 at 05:55 PM
    Its incredibly sad, there was a point in highschool where he was trying to straighten up and talked daily with Mr. Smallwood (the foster father of the girl he later killed). at some point later he must have let all the anger and bad stuff in his life take over. I'm sure drugs did a good job wrecking his mind too. Besides the Sturgil family and the Smallwood family we should remember Clayton's small daughter and his family who have to live with what he's done.
  • by Amanda on Nov 10, 2007 at 07:57 AM
    I am Chris,s and the babies aunt. I want to thank God for helping my family and Amanda,s famly thru this heartbreaking time. Iwant to thank everyone for all your prayers_love_and support. PLEASE keep praying for us... we are gonna need all the help we can get,to get thru what is to come. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
  • by Anonymous Location: London on Nov 9, 2007 at 01:29 PM
    I'm sorry for the family's loss. I don't know them but my heart goes out to them. How in the world could a person go into someone else's home and kill them especially innocent little children. This is very disturbing to me. I hope he gets the death penalty. He needs to be burned alive himself. Trash like that don't deserve to even breathe fresh air. May God bless the family.
  • by Anonymous Location: red bird on Nov 9, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    Let's all take a moment to remember these guys and pray for both families. Even though it's so tragic that what happened, we hope justice will be served on all who were involved. Four years & plus people. Did it really take that long to put all the evidence together? This was a group effort to whom done this tragic.
  • by Margie Location: Beverly on Nov 9, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    I was a good friend to Chris and Amanda and the babys. I loved them and still do. I am glad that they got Clayton, but the family needs to know why that he did it because they were so close, they grew up togetger, they were like family. We all were. Its hard to see the family smiling when no matter what they do the will never get them back, they smile because they have hope now that they will find the truth about it. They will never be the same, when something is taken for you that you love its hard to know why. I give my love to both familys. I will pray that you find what you are looking for. God be with us all so that we could better understand.

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