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Police make arrest in Bell County cold case

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

An arrest has been made in a cold murder case that shocked a community. Police say Jeremiah Charles Evans was indicted in connection with the beating death of 91-year old William Taylor in January of 2008.

The attack happened in the Frakes community of Bell County. The indictment came down late Wednesday afternoon, the result of a three year investigation by Kentucky State Police.

The news of an arrest in his father's murder does not bring much peace of mind for Hazard attorney Warren Taylor.

"It is the start of the process. It's not the end of it," said Taylor.

Kentucky State Police arrested Jeremy Evans, 34, in connection with the murder of 91-year old William Taylor.

"He's one of the names that had been discussed in the past," said Taylor.

William Taylor was attacked and beaten in his Bell County home in January of 2008. Injuries from that attack caused his death.

State Police said their investigation is far from over.

"Right now we're just mainly focusing on the case and following up with the other things going on with the case. I can't elaborate on any of that right now, but at this point it's still an open investigation," said Tyson Lawson, with Kentucky State Police.

Warren Taylor said he still cannot imagine what his father went through.

"I don't know that the actual crime has gone through my mind that much. What's gone through my mind more has just been thoughts about my dad," said Taylor.

He hopes that someone is brought to justice.

"I just hope the guilty people are found guilty," said Taylor.

And even though this may be the beginning, Taylor said the healing process is far from over.

"I don't think it makes a lick of difference as far as how I come to terms with it," said Taylor.

Taylor said he has tried to forgive those who may be involved with his father's murder, and he knows this could only be the beginning of a very long trial process.

Jeremy Evans is being held in the Bell County Detention Center. State Police say more arrests in the case are pending.


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