Two charged in connection with attempted murder in Hazard

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WKYT) - Two people are behind bars in a case described as a love triangle that turned violent after a man was severely beaten and left to die in a river near downtown Hazard.

Police say a witness told them he saw Larry Yocum and Jeffery Karr get into an argument Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. The argument, which police believe was over Karr's wife Teresa Karr, quickly turned into an altercation. The witness says he then saw Yocum break a brick over Karr's head.

"I just hope he gets well quick," said Dexter Fugate, who is a friend of the victim, Jeffery Karr.

Police say Yocum tried to dispose of Karr's body by dragging him into the river. The witness says he saw Yocum place a brick on Karr's body to try to sink him. And when that didn’t work, he pushed him down the stream and into the current.

"Drug him out into the water and tried to sink him with another brick," said Lt. Paul Campbell, with the Hazard Police Department. "Once he wouldn't sink, he kicked him down into the stream into the current. And they left the scene."

Police say Yocum then went to the Teresa Karr's home where she helped him wash his clothes.

Yocum is charged with attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence. Teresa Karr is also charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Jeffery Karr was flown to UK Hospital Monday night. Officials with the hospital say he was released Tuesday morning.

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