Police Charge Man In Connection With Triple Murder


Police have charged a man with killing three men in the Kettle Island community of Bell County last month.

Police say 46-year-old Buster Gambrel was already in jail Tuesday morning when they charged him with three counts of murder.

Arrest records show on January 3rd, the day after the three murder victims were found shot to death, Buster Gambrel was arrested for several drug related charges.

Police tell me Gambrel was a prime suspect all along and now he faces murder charges.

Joyce Lewis says she has been waiting to hear news about who might have killed her grandson, Bryan Carnes.

Bryan, his uncle Arley Carnes, and their friend Donnie Fuston were all three found shot to death last month in a van in Kettle Island not far from where Joyce Lewis lives.

For Lewis, it's been difficult ever since.

“Bryan carnes was one of my grandsons and it's been hard to deal with,” Lewis said.

Lewis says she's not completely surprised by Buster Gambrel being charged with the murders.

“We had an idea it might be him, but wasn't for sure,” Lewis said.

As far as anyone else being involved, police will only say they are continuing to investigate and other arrests are always a possibility.

Joyce Lewis says she has trouble believing just one person was responsible for taking all three lives.

“Look like it would be hard for somebody to kill three people,” Lewis said

Lewis says she remembers when her grandson Bryan Carnes gave her Sheba, a dog that still guards her home today.

She says even though Bryan's gone it helps to hear that justice is underway.

“Can't bring Bryan back, but I hope whoever did this pays for it,” Lewis said.

Kentucky State Police tell me they'll be showing evidence they have on Buster Gambrel to a Bell County grand jury tomorrow and that grand jury could then indict Gambrel on three counts of murder.


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