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UPDATE: preliminary autopsy results released in triple murder/suicide

By: Whitney Burks, Mitchell Grogg Email
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Police say 58-year-old Timothy Shelby shot and killed three people before turning the gun on himself.

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JENKINS, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 8-3-13:

The Letcher County coroner has released the results of the preliminary autopsies on the four fatalities.

He says three of the victims died from single gunshot wounds to the head.

One of the victims had multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

UPDATE 6:00 p.m.

Police in Letcher County continue to try to piece together what led to a series of shootings overnight leaving four people dead.

Police say 58-year-old Timothy Shelby shot and killed three people before turning the gun on himself.

They believe it all may have started when Shelby thought someone stole his wallet.

"Of course that doesn't give much motive for all this action," said Jenkins Police Chief Roland Craft.

The call came just before 2 a.m. Friday.

"We'd received a call from a juvenile stating that he had been out riding his bicycle with friends. When he returned home he found a male subject deceased in his home from an apparent gunshot wound," said Kentucky State Polie Trooper Michael Burton.

Police believe Shelby shot 31-year-old Amy Ratliff while she was in bed, then shot 25-year-old Joshua Wyatt once in the head at their home on Ginseng Road.

"You shoot somebody like that for asking a question and get shot dead point blank between the eyes that's pretty executional to me," said Chief Craft.

A couple hours later police discovered another victim, 35-year-old Jennifer Walters, in the house she shared with Shelby on Oak Street.

Police say after Shelby killed the other three he turned the gun on himself.

They found him dead on the stairs in the house on Ginseng Road.

"The family said that he was off his medication that he had been on, some sort of depression medicine, and that he'd been off of it for several days," said Chief Craft.

The investigation is still ongoing.

All the bodies were taken to Frankfort for autopsies.

The coroner expects to have those results Saturday.


UPDATE 10:35 a.m.

The victims have now been identified by the Letcher County coroner.

The victims found at the original crime scene on Ginseng Road were Josh Wyatt, 25 McRoberts, Amy Ratliff, 31Of Jenkins, and Timothy Shelby, 58 of Jenkins.

The victim at the second crime scene (Timothy Shelby's home) was Jennifer Walters, 35 of Lexington.

The coroner says that Timothy Shelby died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATE 10:00 a.m.

Police say that four people are dead following an overnight shooting and more details are now being confirmed.

On Friday morning, officials with Jenkins Police were called to the scene of what they are calling a triple murder/suicide.

Officers worked two different crime scenes.

Police say they discovered three bodies at the first crime scene: a woman who was found in bed with multiple gunshot wounds, a man with a bullet wound to the head and another man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

At the second crime scene; police say they found another woman in bed with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police have not released a motive at this point, but have indicated they have reason to believe the altercation could have spanned from a dispute over a stolen wallet.

The investigation is currently being conducted by Kentucky State Police.

We will continue to follow this developing story and bring you the latest as we get it.


We are following a developing story this morning out of Letcher County.

Police tell us four people are dead following an overnight shooting.

Officers say around 2am Friday, they got a call about two juveniles who had found one person dead at a home on Ginseng Road in Jenkins.

When police got to the scene, they say they found two more people dead in the home.

While they were investigating the first scene, they heard about another potential scene.

They tell us they found another person dead there.

We will continue to follow this developing story and bring you the latest as we get it.

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