UPDATE: Hearing held for Martin County murder case

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By Hillary Thornton | 

INEZ, Ky. (WYMT)- Update 10/2/2014:

An evidentiary hearing was held Thursday in a Martin County murder case.

Orie Spence Junior was in court because he filed a motion to preserve the crime scene.
The commonwealth's attorney tells us they did not object, they just wanted to show more evidence to the judge.

Spence is accused of killing April and Edger Hedrick at their home in the Tomahawk community in November.

UPDATE 3/26/14

Commonwealth's Attorney Anna Melvin says she filed a notice in Circuit Court to see the death penalty against Orie Spence, Jr.

Police say Spence shot and killed April and Edger Hedrick at their home last November.

A trial date has not yet been set.


UPDATE 12/5/13
The man charged in last month's double murder in the Tomahawk community of Martin County was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday.

Orie Spence, Jr. is facing numerous charges including two counts of murder for the shooting deaths of April and Edger Hedrick.

Spence's arraignment is tentatively set for December 19th.

UPDATE 11/12/13

The man charged in the double murder of, April and Edger Hedrick, listened in court as prosecutors and detectives outlined the case against him. Officials say he shot and killed the Hedricks at their home on Rockhouse Rd. in the Tomahawk community of Martin County earlier this month.

Spence entered the Martin County Courthouse on Tuesday, facing two counts of murder.

Kentucky State Police say the potential murder weapon was found on Spence's parent's property and his mother made statements to 911 dispatchers and detectives that lead officials to charge Spence with the murders.

Detective Chris Phillips, the lead detective in the case testified in court. When prosecutors asked if the mother indicated why Spence killed the Hedricks, Detective Phillips replied, "There was a statement made by the mother that April and Edger Hedrick possibly had hepatitis and had transmitted it to Mr. Spence."

Detectives say Spence claims he was having sexual relations with April Hedrick.

Det.Phillips said, "He alleged that he did shoot Edger and it was in a self defense scenario." Officials said Spence went on to say, Edger shot April from behind and then was involved in an altercation with Spence...which lead to him shooting Edger in self defense.

However, detectives say the evidence is inconsistent with Spence's story. "At the time she was shot she was eating," said Det. Phillips. The prosecutor replied, "Noodles or something...and so she was not shot in the back?" Phillips replied,"She was shot in the front, under the chin. So it was inconsistent with what we found at the scene."

Based on testimony, the judge did decide to send this case to the grand jury.

The Martin County grand jury is scheduled to meet on December 5th.

Spence remains in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, being held on a $2 million cash bond.
UPDATE 11/4/13
This Friday prosecutors plan to outline the case against one Eastern Kentucky man facing murder charges in Martin County.

Police say on Friday night Orie Spence, Jr. shot and killed, Edger Hedrick, and his wife, April, at their home on Rockhouse Road in Tomahawk.

Court officials tell us Spence pleaded not guilty Monday morning to two counts of murder.

Spence is being held on a $2 million cash bond. His preliminary hearing is set for November 8th.
Neighbors on Rockhouse Road say Edger Hedrick and Orie Spence were friends and say Spence was having a birthday party for Hendrick, who had just turned forty.

The neighbors say they heard gunshots Friday night but never imagined they'd find out two of their friends were dead.

When officials arrived at the home, they found Hedrick and his wife, April, shot and killed. Soon after, Spence, who is Hedrick's cousin, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

"OJ and Edger were like brothers," says Hedrick's mom, Dixie Hedrick, "We have no idea what went wrong...it's the way the devil works."

Dixie Hedrick says the shooting destroyed their family.

"It was senseless, a senseless killing," said Hedrick, "I'll never forget it...it's destroyed our lives and it's destroyed my brother's life."

Kentucky State Police have confirmed Orie Spence Jr., of Martin County is charged with two counts of murder and is lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The Martin County Coroner confirmed April and Edger Hedrick of Tomahawk were found dead in their home Friday night. The incident remains under investigation.
The Martin County Coroner released the ages of the victims in Friday night's shooting.

We are told the man was 40 years of age and the woman was 37.
Their bodies were taken to Frankfort for autopsy.

Martin County Dispatchers tell us one man was arrested Friday night in connection with the shooting.

His name has not yet been released.


Kentucky State Police are investigating a double homicide in the Martin County.

The incident happened on Rockhouse Road in the Tomahawk Community.

The Martin County Sheriff says a man and a woman are dead following a shooting that took place around 9p.m. Friday.

Troopers and detectives continue to investigate exactly what went on. A motive for the shooting is not yet known.

We will continue to bring you updates as we get more information.


We are following a developing story out of Martin County.

The Martin County Sheriff tells us a man and woman are dead after a shooting in the Tomahawk area.

Police are still on the scene. We have a crew in route now and will have more information as it becomes available.

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