HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The mother of murder victim James Feltner talked publicly for the first time. Lynn Feltner says her son knew both men charged in the case very well.
Tuesday, Kentucky State Police arrested Thomas Polson, 37, and Carl Justin Simpson, 23, in connection to the July, 2011 murder of James Feltner, known as Jay.
"It was devastating to us because to lose a child is the most horrific thing any parent can go through," said Lynn Feltner.
Two years ago, police found the body of James Feltner on an abandoned strip mine in Blair. Police believe someone shot him with his own rifle.
"What happened to him was uncalled for. Nobody deserves to take anyone's life," said Lynn Feltner.
The family waited two years for arrests.
"That was the hardest part for us was to wait," she said.
Tuesday, they got what they wanted when police got indictments and made the two arrests in the case.
She says Simpson was her son's best friend since childhood.
"I was just blown away. I'm like, how can it be your best friend?" she told us.
She says Polson was her son's little league coach growing up. "He'd use to go to his house and stay," she said.
She still does not know what led to her son's death or why he was killed.
"Our biggest thing is we just want justice for my son Jay," she said.
Lynn Feltner says now that two years have passed since her son's death, she is ready to face the accused killers in court.
"Just to have peace of knowing that they're not going to get away with murder," she said.
Polson and Simpson are scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday at 1:00 in Harlan County Circuit Court.
HARLAN COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) - More than two years of investigating lands two Harlan County men behind bars.
State police arrested Thomas Polson, 31, and Carl Simpson, 23, for the 2011 murder of James Feltner.
State police are not releasing many details on what led to the arrests; however, they say they presented the case to a Harlan County grand jury on Monday and got the indictments.
Troopers arrested Polson and Simpson around three o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
Police say two years ago, in July of 2011, James Feltner disappeared from his hometown of Lynch.
His body was found one week later on an abandoned strip mine in the Blair community.
Police said two years ago they believed he was shot with his own rifle and were searching for the rifle believed to be involved.
State police will not say what new information they got this month to lead them to Polson and Simpson and get the indictments.
The grand jury charged Polson with murder, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence. Simpson is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.
"We're pleased that both of these individuals are now in custody. We've not given up on this case and now we look forward to getting this in the court system and go from there," said Trooper Shane Jacobs.
The two suspects are in the Harlan County Detention Center. Bond is one million dollars cash for both men.
Polson and Simpson both declined our request for a jailhouse interview.
Two arrests were made on Tuesday in connection to the murder of James Feltner.
During July of 2011, Lynch resident, James Feltner, was reported missing by family members. Feltner’s body was discovered in the Blair Community of Harlan County approximately one week after being reported missing. The arrest comes after a two year investigation by Kentucky State Police Post 10.
Evidence was presented to a Harlan County grand jury on Monday who voted in favor of charging Thomas Polson and Carl Justin Simpson, both of Cumberland, KY for their involvement in James Feltner’s murder.
Polson has been arrested on charges of Murder, Robbery 1st degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Simpson has been arrested on charges of Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Both have been lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.