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February 14, 2013

More arrests in murder-for-hire plot

McCreary conspiracy had roots in Pulaski County

Somerset —  

Two additional arrests have been made in an alleged murder conspiracy plot that unfolded in McCreary County, but has roots here in Pulaski.
All three of the men charged with attacking Debbie Taylor of Pine Knot are from Somerset. Tim Prater, 30, was the first to be taken into custody by Kentucky State Police (KSP) last Friday.
On Tuesday, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department located the men who allegedly participated in the assault with Prater. Joseph R. Denning, 19, of Hail Knob Road, and Antonio A. Turner, 21, of Poplar Estates Road, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree complicity to commit robbery, and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, according to KSP and the Pulaski Sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Todd Wood said that the first arrest was made at Western Hill Apartments in Somerset, working with the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force. The agencies had received information on where the suspects were located Tuesday. 
Information gathered at that site was then used to track down the other suspect at a residence on Poplar Estates Road, said Wood. 
Both subjects were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center before being transferred to a correctional facility in Laurel County, according to Pulaski Jailer Mike Harris.
KSP’s Trooper Don Trosper told the Commonwealth Journal this weekend that the suspect was paid $1,500 to murder a Pine Knot woman, and was arrested after a report of an assault on the victim on Richard Stephens Road in McCreary County. 
KSP reported that the victim was walking from her home to her vehicle when three men dressed in dark clothing attacked her. Neighbors of the victim went to check on her, and the three alleged attackers identified themselves as FBI agents, but refused to show any identification.
According to the McCreary County Record, the victim, Debbie Taylor, was at home alone after her husband Larry had gone away as part of his trucking job. Officers learned that the victim has been accosted on the way to her car to go to work, handcuffed and stunned with a taser device.

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