Police still investigating case in Breathitt Co.

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

It's been more than two and a half months since a bizarre incident unfolded in Breathitt County.

It happened in the Wolf Creek area of the Rousseau Community on September 1st.

The case centers around two people, but police are having trouble investigating the case due to communication barriers.

The case involves three structure fires, a shooting and a car crash that sent one man to the hospital.

At this time only the shooter has been charged with assault despite the fact police believe the fires were arson.

"We believe that they are due to the fact that nobody lives in the homes, but we have not been able to establish who set them yet," said Detective Gary Sandlin with Kentucky State Police.

That day community members told me they thought Ray Brown was the one setting the fires. They said Brown was trying to flee when Roger Spencer allegedly shot into his vehicle, as Brown drove away he wrecked the car.

"I've not gotten to talk to the victim yet because I think he is still recuperating from his injuries. So as soon as he can talk we will be speaking to him," said Detective Sandlin.

On top of that, Roger Spencer is a deaf/mute, and they may never be able to communicate with him. Despite his disability, he was still charged with assault.

"This case was presented to the Breathitt County Grand Jury earlier this month. Right now we are just waiting on the indictments to return, if they return," said Detective Sandlin.

Sandlin says the case is still under investigation, and they are waiting to see if that indictment is returned and for Ray Brown to recover.

Friday, the shooter in the case, Roger Spencer, was scheduled for arraignment in circuit court, but not on the assault charges he received for allegedly shooting at Ray Brown.

Days after this event, the Breathitt County Sheriff's Office in an unrelated search found stolen property and drugs in Roger Spencer's home.

The arraignment was continued so a court appointed translator can attend.


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