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UPDATE: Arrest made in connection to Rockcastle County beating case


Rockcastle County, Kentucky - One man is now behind bars facing attempted murder and robbery charges in Rockcastle County.

Rockcastle County Sheriff Deputies arrested Jason Gambrel.

They say he left Derek Kissee for dead in an old limestone mine near Mounty Vernon.

Investigators say $700 were stolen from Kissee.

The Sheriff's Office says it has evidence that Gambrel was the last person to see Kissee, who is still in the hospital.
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Derek Kissee, 23, lives in a neighborhood west of Somerset with his grandmother who we are told raised him. But Wednesday night he was in a remote section of Rockcastle County..the victim of an apparent beating.

Shotgun shells and other things that are signs of a makeshift shooting range litter the grounds just off Mullins Station Road, a windy curvy stretch of rural roadway that snakes in and around CSX railroad tracks.

It was here where two men looking for brass bullet casings found something else entirely...a man badly beaten. Police say that assault victim is Derek Kissee, 23, who is from Somerset yet for some reason was in the rural Rockcastle County area Wednesday night.

Few people live near the old rock quarry that looks more like twin caves flanked by a railroad tunnel....and the many questions as to what happened to the Pulaski County man have few answers.

The incident remains under investigation by the Rockcastle County Sheriff's office. We were told that Kissee was airlifted to UK but we have not been able to find out more on his condition.

Relatives contacted by WKYT said they did not want to comment on what happened to Kissee.


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