Major Break In Cold Murder Case

Nearly four years after police found an Eastern Kentucky family murdered inside their burned out mobile home, police arrest a man they say is responsible.

Chris and Amanda Sturgill and their three young boys were murdered in February of 2004 in Leslie county.

From day one, police considered a man who was staying with the family, Clayton Jackson, a suspect.

Wednesday, a grand jury finally returned an indictment against Jackson.

State police arrested Jackson in London and charged him with five counts of murder, arson, and theft.

AP Story

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky man has been charged with murdering a family of five nearly four years ago.

Kentucky State Police Detective Johnny Griffith says Clayton Jackson of London was arrested and charged with five counts of murder after a grand jury indicted him on Wednesday.

Jackson is being held at the Laurel County jail. He also faces charges of arson and theft.

Chris and Amanda Sturgill and their three small children were found dead in their burned out mobile home in rural Leslie County in February 2004.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by rick Location: knoxville, tn on Nov 17, 2007 at 05:41 PM
    i was in prison with clayton jackson for about two years and he always seemed like a layed back gentle guy. he certainly did not strike me as the type to commit a vile and heinous act like this. i hope that he did not commit this crime and that it is proven that he did'nt. however if my character judgement is off and he is the one who committed this coldhearted act then i hope he is put through the worst possible treatment until his death. whoever is responsible for this crime should not be given the death penalty because that only gives them an escape from the life of hell they are certain to endure in prison. i give my condolences to the family of the victims in this case and hope that the ones responsible for their deaths are punished to the fullest extent available to the justice system. in conclusion, good luck to authorities in finding the truth, and hopefully true justice will prevail, because all to often it does'nt.
  • by A friend of both of them Location: hyden on Nov 13, 2007 at 04:13 AM
    I used to live in redbird and was kin to amanda.and knew chris for years. i also knew clayton.and he wasn't staying with chris and amanda at the time.he just lived about 2 miles from them.and he had worked for my brother that day and my brother said he would give him a ride home and he said he would just walk.clayton seem to love kids from what i knew of him and he use to stay at my house some.and i think they are more to this story that has been told.and i think their are more people involved in this and for whatever reason i have no ideal. cause chris and amanda had never bothered anyone as i know of. he drove a coal truck and was very down to earth.and amanda was a stay at home mom. so what are the motives for this murder.and why would someone who was raised up with have the heart to kill his life long friends and their kids.i do believe in my heart that someone else was involved.so how did he kill them and move the coal truck and come back and set the trailor on fire.
  • by kimmie Location: pineville on Nov 12, 2007 at 12:55 PM
    I FEEL AS A PERSON THAT HAS LOST A LOVED ONE MYSELF, I THINK THAT (edited) GUY THAT DID THIS SHOULD BE PUT THROUGH THE SAME TORTURE THAT FAMILY DID. NOT GIVEN THREE MEALS A DAY AND A CHANCE TO LIVE. HE NEEDS TO BE PUT IN A FURNACE AND BURNT TO DEATH AND THEN BURIED UNDERNEATH THE JAIL HOUSE. I HOPE THE PARENTS OF THIS FAMILY THAT LOST THEIR LIFE SO TRAGICALLY, MAY GOD PUT HIS ARMS AROUND THEM AND COMFORT THEM BECAUSE THIS IS NOT AN EASY SITUATION TO BE IN. MAY THEY R.I.P!
  • by a friend Location: hyden on Nov 12, 2007 at 11:55 AM
    Whatever happened to presumed innocent until proven guilty?
  • by J Location: Kentucky on Nov 12, 2007 at 09:32 AM
    AMEN, rj and tjs...AMEN! I agree completely...
  • by MOM Location: B ATH on Nov 12, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    HE AND WHO EVER HELPED HIM DO THIS SHOULD DIE THE SAME WAY THAT FAMILY DID. IF THEY HAD A PROKMBLEM WITH THAT MAN OR WOMAN YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE TOOK IT UPWITH THAT PERSON .YOU ALL DIDNT HAVE TO KILL THOSE BABYS .WHO PROBALY DID NOTHING TO YOU .THOSE WHERE LITTLE KIDS.AND THEN THAT FAMILY TREATED YOU LIKE ONE OF THERE OWN . THIS IS HOW YOU THANKED THEM.YOU AND WHO EVER SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER THE REST OF YOUR LIFE FOR WHAT YOU ALL DID. IAM A PRETTY FORGIVING PERSON . BUT NOT THIS TIME, YOU ALL ARE PRETTY LUCKY THAT YOU DONT HAVE TO DEAL WITH ME. I HOPE THIS FAMILY CAN FIND SOME KIND OF PEACE NOW.FOR THEM SOME OF THERE HELL IS OVER BUT YOURS IS JUST STARTING.
  • by teresa Location: london on Nov 12, 2007 at 06:55 AM
    i am happy for the family i to have lost 2 loved ones in a fire in aug2006 and i fill in my heart it was done by someone i will pray for your family and please pray for mine may god bless you all
  • by rj Location: london on Nov 11, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    Amen tjs. They need to go back to COURTHOUSE hangings when people do serious crimes like this & not have the tax payers keep them up while they are in jail. That's the problem with this country they are too easy on the criminals & make it harder on the tax payers to keep them up. Thats why the JAILS are so full. They need to start with the ones on death row & start emptying them out. That way people will think BEFORE they do something like this.
  • by concerned in leslie co. Location: stinnett on Nov 11, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    I am so glad that they caught Jackson but get real, there is no way that he did this alone. There are others that were involved and they could act again. None of us or our families are safe until they get them all. I am a christian person and I do not pray death on anyone but they do need to pay for their crime. They will have to stand at Judgement Day and I hope they have to worry about that every minute until it happens. To the ones that did this crime, I pray for you. And to those family members who lost these 5 people, My heart goes out to you and you will always be in my prayers. May GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
  • by Kylady Location: KY on Nov 11, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    Right on,tjs!I dont know why people always say 'put them in prison for life'.These people need to put themselves in the place of the familiies of these victims.If someone killed and burned your family,would you want to house and feed them for 50 years?I sure as he** wouldn't!Where do you think all those prisons get the money to feed,give free medical,and free education for these monsters?That's right folks.Tax payers.There is no real justice for victims in our so called justical system.I say they need to be done away with.
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