UPDATE: Two Indicted in Cold Case Double Murder

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/13/12 @ 7:28 p.m.
ELLIOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It's taken almost five years, but Madison Leadingham has lived to see his son's accused killer in court.

Elige Randolph and James "Bobby" Eden are charged with kidnapping and murder in the execution-style shooting deaths of Robert Boggs and Chris Leadingham.

"'He walked into the room, and that about changed everything," Leadingham said. "It's been a tough day."

In January 2008, both Boggs and Leadingham were found dead of single gunshot wounds to the head. Troopers say the shootings were the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Leadingham's daughter believes the same thing and is trying not to pass judgement.

"I'll leave that up to the court," Rebecca Messer said. "'I still don't feel like I have the right to take their life, if I had the choice. I've heard so many people say they want them do die; that's not my choice."

Both Randolph and Eden have spent the last two years in jail on unrelated charges.

Paulette Boggs says this is a tragedy that has all but destroyed her family. Her son was murdered, but one of the accused killers is actually her nephew.

"It's a sad situation," Paulette Boggs said. "I mean, if he's found guilty I ain't just lost my son. I've lost my whole family."



UPDATE 10/25/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
ELLIOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two men have been indicted in a cold case double murder in Elliott County.

Kentucky State Police tell WSAZ.com Elige Randolph, 35, and James "Bobby" Eden, 35, are charged with kidnapping and murder in the execution-style shooting deaths of Robert Boggs and Chris Leadingham.

Back in January of 2008, both Boggs and Leadingham were found dead of single gunshot wounds to the head. Troopers say the shootings were the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Shortly after the murders, Velton Leadinham told WSAZ.com that he found his nephew Chris’s body at the bottom of this 75 foot cliff at Carter Ford. He says the 25-year-old was likely tossed over the edge by more than one person.

“One held his leg; the other took his shoulders and tossed him over the edge,” Velton Leadingham said.

Two days earlier, a family member found the body of 36-year-old Robert Boggs about three miles away in the bedroom of his Elliott County mobile home.

Family members say Boggs and Leadingham were working construction together, living together and were likely killed together.

The indictments came after a special session of the Elliott County Grand Jury Thursday.

Kentucky State Police say as part of a joint investigation with the Elliott County Sheriff they were able to piece together information to present to the Special Session Grand Jury.

Additional charges and arrests are pending in this case.

Randolph is currently housed at the Marion County Detention Center on unrelated charges. Eden is currently housed at the Davies County Detention Center in Owensboro, Ky., also on unrelated charges.

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ORIGINAL STORY 01/07/08
ELLIOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two still unsolved, execution-style murders have people in one local community double checking their dead bolts.

Grieving family members in Elliott County want answers and justice, but not necessarily in that order.

Velton Leadinham says he found his nephew Chris’s body there last Friday, at the bottom of this 75 foot cliff at Carter Ford. He says the 25 year old was shot once in the face, but likely tossed over the edge by more than one person.

“One held his leg; the other took his shoulders and tossed him over the edge,” Velton Leadingham said.

Two days earlier, a family member found Robert Boggs’ body about three miles away in the bedroom of his Elliott County mobile home. Police say the 36 year old was shot once in the head.

Family members say Boggs and Leadingham were working construction together, living together and were likely killed together.

“They shot one in his bed, took the other out and killed him to make them think he did it. The cops wouldn't look for him,” Boggs’ sister Becky Messer said.

Robert Boggs’ wife says a possible motive is the murder victim recently received a big injury accident settlement and had seven thousand dollars cash in his pocket in this trailer.

Robert Boggs was on probation after a drug charge. Police say both victims had contact with the law. The families say that's still no excuse for cold blooded murder.

“They need to catch somebody before they do this to somebody else,” Boggs’ wife Lisa Boggs said.

Investigators out of the Kentucky State Police post in Morehead are saying very little. They are working leads. They have no suspects right now and no persons of interest. They say the two killings are likely linked, and won't comment on the robbery motive.

Tragedy has hit this rural area and these families hard. The uncle that found Chris Leadingham’s body recently lost his son because of an overdose. Murder victim Robert Boggs’ sister, Susan, was also murdered back in 2001.

Everyone's hoping at least one, if not more arrests, is made in this case very soon.


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