Man charged with murder in connection with deputy's death

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

On the same day he was laid to rest, a man is charged with murder in the death of Pike County Sheriff's Deputy James I. Thacker.

Kentucky State Police said that 47-year old David Wayne Childers was driving an S.U.V. that slammed into Thacker's police cruiser on Monday night.

On the afternoon of Jan. 27, state police got a warrant for the arrest of Childers, but they are still not talking about the circumstances behind the arrest.

Pike County Sheriff's Deputies now walk through the doors of the sheriff's office remembering a man whose life was cut short.

“It is the first step of many steps in a very a long hard road not just for the department but mostly for you know the family,” said Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Marble.

On the day of deputy Thacker's funeral, 47-year-old David Wayne Childers was charged with one count of murder in connection with the Jan. 23 car crash on US 460 near the Marrowbone area of Pike County.

“I think the timing is excellent and that is a very good sign of things to come,” said Marble.

Those who worked with him said that they are glad that the person they think is responsible is hopefully being brought to justice for Thacker's death.

“I don't think anything as far as closure can completely soften their hearts because they have lost a loved one and they have lost a brother and this man needs to be brought to justice for it if he is indeed guilty,” said Marble.

Marble said that now, he and other police officers from all around will watch and wait as Childers' case moves through the justice system.

“As officers and fellow brothers all over the state, we don't see brown, we don't see blue, we don't see gray, we see a fellow brother,” said Marble.

Long-time Pike County Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee said that he is happy about getting Childers into custody. He is being held at the Pike County Detention Center and is expected to be arraigned Jan. 30 when more information about his arrest should be released.

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