UPDATE: Arrest made in connection to Rockcastle County beating case

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Rockcastle County, Kentucky - MT. VERNON, Ky. (WKYT)- Jason Gambrel is facing charges of both attempted murder and robbery first. Police say he intended to kill Derek Kissee,23, of Somerset.

Kissee was found beneath some rocks at the old Hanson Limestone Quarry off Mullins Station Road near Mt. Vernon. Police say Gambrel brutally beat Kissee, then tried to bury him. Some passers by looking for brass bullet casings heard someone moaning…and found Kissee, who was airlifted to UK Hospital. Police say he had multiple head fractures and other serious injuries but should make a recovery.

Gambrel was arrested on warrants alleging that he robbed Kissee of $700 in cash and various other personal items. Police say their evidence puts him in close proximity to Kissee and the crime scene, but it’s still not clear why both men were at the remote location where limestone was once mined.

Jason Gambrel is being held in the Rockcastle County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

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