Boyd County Indictments
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- An Ashland man was indicted Monday on a first-degree manslaughter charge while two Ashland area residents were indicted for making Molotov cocktail-type incendiary devices and setting them off near an Ashland housing complex, according to the office of Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice.
Joe Bentley, 52, is charged by Ashland police with beating Russell Chandler, 52, to death earlier this summer outside their rooms at the Bluegrass Inn on Winchester Avenue.
Bentley is charged with punching the victim in the head a number of times. Chandler refused medical treatment following the fight and was found dead in his motel room the following morning. The man could have been hit up to 40 times, according to authorities.
In an unrelated case, the grand jury indicted Joseph R. Waugh, 39, and the woman he was living with, Jessica L. Greer, 30, both of Carl Perkins Drive, Ashland. They were charged with use of weapons of mass destruction, wanton endangerment in the first degree and criminal trespassing.
The three were among seven people indicted Monday by a Boyd County grand jury.
Also indicted were:
Ryan Canterbury, 34, of Lexington, Ky., on two counts of burglary, theft by unlawful taking and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Markus McDavid, 23, of Grayson, Ky., on charges of resisting arrest, bribery of a public servant, criminal mischief and being a persistent felony offender.
Robert B. Howard, 24, of Ashland, on a charge of promoting a sexual performance by a minor.
David Basham, 60, of Ashland, on a charge of failure to comply with sexual offender registration requirements.
(An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.)
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