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Man Indicted for Murders of Cousin and Cousin's Wife

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

INEZ, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The man arrested for killing his cousin and his cousin's wife has been indicted on murder charges by a Martin County grand jury.

The indictment handed down Thursday charges Orie Spence Jr., 29, with murder, tampering with evidence and being a persistent felony offender.

Authorities say Spence shot and killed Edgar Hedrick, 40, and April Hedrick, 37, of Tomahawk, Ky. at their home along Rockhouse Road on Nov. 1.

KSP says the suspected murder weapon was found on Spence's parents' property, and that his mother made statements to 911 and detectives that led troopers to arrest and charge Spence.

Prosecutors have not released a motive for the murders.

During Spence’s preliminary hearing, KSP Detective Chris Phillips testified, "There was a statement made by the mother (Spence’s) that April and Edgar Hedrick possibly had hepatitis and had transmitted it to Mr. Spence."

Detectives also said Spence claimed he was having sexual relations with April Hedrick and that he shot Edgar in self-defense.

Detectives said the evidence is inconsistent with his story.

Spence is expected to be arraigned on the charges later this month. He remains in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on $2 million bond.

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