Woman admits to role in murder

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A woman admits to her role in a Floyd County murder earlier this year.

Kaitlyn Crum Meek pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with the death of Brian Jacob Gayheart.

She agreed to testify against her husband, Benjamin Meek, who is charged with murder.

Murder victim Brian Jacob Gayheart's mother Lagina Gayheart watched as Kaitlyn Crum Meek admitted she is partly responsible for the 20 year old's death.

"He didn't deserve to die. He was very young. He had a full life ahead of him. He had two young kids to take care of," Lagina Gayheart said.

Police say in May, Benjamin and Kaitlyn Meek allegedly set out to rob Gayheart of drugs in the Goble-Roberts area. Gayheart's body was found weeks later in the Big Sandy River in Boyd County. Police say he was beaten before put in the water.

"Regardless of what he was doing, it doesn't give anybody a reason to kill him," said Lagina Gayheart.

Kaitlyn Crum Meek accepted a plea deal to reduced charges and pleaded guilty to complicity to robbery and assault and tampering with physical evidence. She agreed to a 15 year sentence.

"She deserves to be punished for what she done to my son. She's just as guilty as the one who killed, whether she had a hand in on it or she sat and watched. She's just as guilty," said Lagina Gayheart.

Benjamin Meek is charged with murder. In exchange for the plea deal, Kaitlyn Meek agreed to testify against him.

"It was very important we get her cooperation and that's one of the reasons we were happy to get what we go today," said Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner.

No trial date is set yet for Benjamin Meek.

Kaitlyn Meek will be sentenced on September 30th.

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