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Police Arrest Two In Connection With Rowan County Murder

Nearly four months after he was gunned down outside his home, police say they now know who killed a Rowan County man.

Timmy Riggs was shot October 29, outside his home in the Clearfield community of Rowan County.

Last week, the Rowan County grand jury indicted 50-year-old James Conn, and 38-year-old Katherine Conn in connection with the murder. Both were arrested in Florida on Monday.

Police say James Conn killed Timmy Riggs because he believed Riggs was responsible for his son's accidental drug overdose last year.

"You know, he didn't have to do that. That's cowardly," Riggs' father, John Riggs, said.

Police say Conn drove up from East Tennessee last October to hunt down Riggs. Police say they have cell phone records placing Conn in the Morehead area at the time of the shooting.

"He took Timmy away from his mom and dad," Riggs' mother, Penny Kenley, said. "And this guy's got to know what we're going through, because he went through it losing his son. And he never stopped to think about what that would do to us."

James Conn faces a murder charge, while his wife, Katherine Conn, faces a complicity to commit murder charge.

Both are awaiting an extradition hearing.


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