Nearly 43-year-old cold case surfaced

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Nearly 43 years after an eastern Kentucky sheriff was gunned down, police have charged his accused killer.

State police say they never gave up on the 1969 murder of Clay County Sheriff James "Matt" Sizemore.

They now say a man already in prison committed the crime.

Former Clay County Sheriff Sizemore was found shot to death outside of Manchester.

The 1969 murder left family, friends, and community members in shock.

June 1, 1969 is a day Harold Sizemore cannot forget.

It was the day his father, James "Matt" Sizemore, the Clay County Sheriff at the time, was murdered.

"He pulled off the side of the road on a little lane, a pull off and the investigation prior showed that he was getting out of the car," said Harold Sizemore, the victim's son.

It is a road many did not expect to be going back down nearly 43 years after Sheriff Sizemore was gunned down while serving warrants on Ephram Creek Road.

As a former sheriff, Harold Sizemore had a feeling something would come to light.

"Just had hope and the feeling that some day someone's conscience or someone would say a little something that would lead the investigators to the truth," said Harold Sizemore.

The cold case is no longer quiet with a suspect Oran Brumley indicted by a grand jury.

"I know the name. I remember the name. As far as personally knowing him, I don't. I may have met him, but it's too long ago to remember," said Harold Sizemore.

Although bad memories are being surfaced, Harold Sizemore cannot help but be relieved it could all be over soon answering the unanswered questions he has had for years.

"Six months left in his term. He was coming home and his life's taken away from us. You don't know why," said Harold Sizemore.

For Harold Sizemore after years of wondering since 1969, it all still has not set in.

Police say they do expect more indictments connected to this case in the future.

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