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UPDATE: Third Arrest in Greenup Murder Case

By: Olivia Fecteau, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau, WSAZ News Staff Email
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UPDATE 5/16/13 @ 7 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A third person has been arrested in connection with a missing persons case that turned out to be murder.

Kentucky State Police say James Mcwain, 54, of Ashland, was arrested in Charleston Monday night.

Mcwain is charged with arson and tampering with evidence in connection with the murder of Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky.

Frazier was found shot to dead in Greenup County, Ky. last month.

Carlton Gallman, 36, of Ashland, has been charged with murder in the case. Aaron Gallion, 35, of Ashland, is charged with complicity to commit murder.

Both men were arrested several hours after Frazier’s body was found over an embankment on Happy Ridge Road.

Troopers say during their investigation they determined that Mcwain was directly involved in attempt to dispose of evidence related to Frazier’s murder. According to Kentucky State Police, the arson charge stems from a fire that was set to a pool house on Rockgate Road, where the murder happened.

A motive for the murder has not been released.

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UPDATE 5/1/13 @ 3:20 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The case against the two men charged in the murder of a Greenup County man will now proceed to a grand jury following a hearing Wednesday morning.

36-year-old Carlton T. Gallman of Ashland is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the shooting death of Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky.

Aaron W. Gallion, 35, of Ashland, is charged with complicity to commit murder and tampering with evidence. Frazier's body was found over an embankment on Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County on April 19.

Both men had their preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in Greenup County District Court. Their cases were bound over to a grand jury following the hearing.

Detectives said they believe the murder occurred on or about March 25 at 807 Rockgate Road in Greenup. Both men were arrested several hours after Frazier’s body was found.

Family members say Frazier hadn't been seen or heard from since late March. He was reported missing on April 8.

Preliminary autopsy results show Frazier was shot multiple times.

A motive in the shooting has not been released.

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UPDATE 4/26/13 @ 10:55 a.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The two suspects in the murder of a Greenup County man were arraigned Friday.

36-year-old Carlton T. Gallman of Ashland is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the shooting death of Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky.

Aaron W. Gallion, 35, of Ashland, is charged with complicity to commit murder and tampering with evidence in the case.

Frazier's body was found over an embankment on Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County last Friday.

Both men were arrested several hours after Frazier’s body was found.

Detectives said they believe the murder occurred on or about March 25 at 807 Rockgate Road in Greenup.

Family members say Frazier hadn't been seen or heard from since late March. He was reported missing on April 8.

Preliminary autopsy results show Frazier was shot multiple times.

During the Friday’s arraignment in Greenup County District Court, automatic not guilty pleas were entered for both men. Preliminary hearings are set for May 1.

A motive in the shooting has not been released.

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UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 10:05 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- An Ashland, Ky., man, already in jail in connection with a Greenup County murder, now faces an additional charge in the case.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police charged Aaron W. Gallion, 35, with complicity to commit murder in the shooting death of Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky.

Gallion was originally arrested on Friday on a tampering with evidence charge.

Frazier's body was found over an embankment on Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County on Friday.

Family members say Frazier hadn't been seen or heard from since late March. He was reported missing on April 8.

Another Ashland man, 36-year-old Carlton T. Gallman, is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the case.

Tuesday, Gallman was extradited back to Greenup County after being arrested in Lawrence County, Ohio last Friday

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UPDATE 4/23/13 @ 2:05 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Preliminary autopsy results have been released in a missing person's turned murder case.

Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright tells WSAZ.com that preliminary autopsy results show that Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, died from several gunshot wounds.

Frazier's body was found over an embankment on Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County on Friday.

Family members say Frazier hadn't been seen or heard from since late March.

Two arrests have been made in the case.

Carlton T. Gallman, 36, of Ashland, was arrested in Lawrence County, Ohio, after leading investigators on a chase. He is charged with murder and tampering with evidence. Tuesday, he was extradited back to Kentucky and is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Aaron Gallion, 35, of Ashland, is charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

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UPDATE 4/22/13 @ 6:25 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A family is searching for answers after a missing person case has turned into a murder investigation in Greenup County.

Detectives and Kentucky State Police troopers found a body along Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County on Friday and positively identified it as Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky. Frazier hadn’t been seen or heard from since late March. His mother, Michele Meade, said she usually spoke to her son three or four times a day, but when she stopped hearing from him, she wasn’t immediately concerned.

"I didn't think anything for awhile,” Meade said. “I thought maybe he had gone to stay with his girlfriend or took off to North Carolina to a friend."

On April 8, detectives began investigating Frazier's disappearance as a missing person case. That’s when Meade started to worry.

"I could feel it, I could feel something was wrong,” Meade said. “I called him all the time, every day.”

After interviewing family and friends in connection with Frazier’s disappearance and receiving information and tips, investigators said they believed the murder had taken place at a home in the 800 block of Rockgate Road -- a few miles from where Frazier’s remains were eventually found on April 19.

That same day, state troopers and detectives found and arrested two suspects in connection with Frazier’s death. Carlton T. Gallman, 36, of Ashland, was arrested in Ohio and charged with murder and tampering with evidence. Another man, Aaron Gallion, 35, also of Ashland, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.

“We were able to link those two individuals with the dumping of the remains and also the murder,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Murriell said.

Even though the suspects are now in custody, Meade has questions that she doesn’t feel will be answered or resolved.

“When it goes to court, I don't know if I'll have closure then,” she said. “It's going to be hard to have closure at his funeral because it's going to be closed casket. I don't know."

The shock of her son’s death still hasn’t fully settled in.

“I expect the phone to ring all the time and it to be him,” Meade said. “It’s like a nightmare.”

“[His family] can’t understand why this could happen and why someone would do this to not only their child, but another human,” Murriell said.

Meade said Frazier and his girlfriend were expecting a baby in September, and also that he was very close to his nieces and nephews.

Investigators are still waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine how Frazier died.

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UPDATE 4/22/13 @ 2:17 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Human remains found in Greenup, Ky. have officially been identified as a missing man.

According to a news release from Kentucky State Police, the human remains that were found on Happy Ridge Road have been identified as Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky.

A cause of death has not been released at this time.

Carlton Gallman, 36, of Ashland, and Aaron Gallion, 35, of Ashland are facing charges in connection with Frazier's death.

No further details about the murder investigation are being released at this time.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/19/13
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A case of a missing man from Boyd County has become a murder investigation after his body was found Friday afternoon.

Kentucky State Police says Christopher Frazier's body was found along Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County on Friday. Frazier hadn't been heard from since late March and was reported missing on April 8.

According to KSP, investigators went to talk with Carlton Gallman, 36, and Aaron Gallion, 35, both of Ashland, about the case -- and that's when Gallman took off.

Friday evening, troopers with Kentucky State Police spotted Gallman in the Westwood area. Troopers got behind Gallman's car -- and that's when the chase started.

Gallman led troopers over into Ohio and then he crashed on Route 243 just outside of Coal Grove.

Troopers say they're thankful officers across state lines were ready to help out.

"It's extremely vital that law enforcement agencies work together throughout any state, for us to effectively do our job that we're required to do and the public needs us to do," said Trooper Michael Murriell with KSP.

Gallman, 36, of Ashland, is charged with murder and tampering with evidence. Gallion, 35, of Ashland, also was arrested in connection with the case. He is charged with tampering with evidence.

Since Frazier was reported missing, detectives have continued to receive information that the murder had occurred on or about March 25, 2013, in the 800-block of Rockgate Road in Greenup, Ky.

Frazier’s body will be sent Saturday to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Investigators are hoping to get an official identification and cause of death.

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