WSAZ Investigates | Parolee wanted in connection with murder in Pike County, Kentucky

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SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. (WSAZ & WYMT) -- A man who entered a plea in a murder case from 2007 in West Virginia is now facing charges in a murder case in Pike County, Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) troopers say there is an arrest warrant for Charles Ray Blevins, 37. In addition to a murder charge, he is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Charles Blevins, 37, faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with a deadly shooting that happened Saturday, July 6, in South Williamson, Kentucky.

Blevins is accused of shooting and killing Adrian Smith, 44. Smith was found dead in the city park area near the floodwall.

In addition to a murder charge, Blevins is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In a WSAZ investigation, we found that these new charges come 12 years after investigators say Blevins was charged with shooting and killing a man in Cabell County, West Virginia.

In 2007, Blevins was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Travis Huff. Investigators say Blevins shot and killed Huff in Barboursville.

Two years later, Blevins was sentenced to life with mercy in that case.

However, in 2015, that verdict was set aside and a new trial was ordered because of issues with his attorney.

Blevins ended up pleading to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in that case and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

During that hearing, Blevins told the courtroom that he fired one shot that killed Huff.

A spokesperson for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety tells WSAZ that Blevins became eligible for parole in January 2018, but was denied at the initial hearing.

In February of 2019, Blevins was released on parole while serving out his sentence.

WSAZ also learned that Blevins is listed as an absconder, which means a fugitive that runs away and hides to avoid being caught.

Blevins now has a warrant issued for his arrest for a parole violation, as well as the other warrants out of Pike County.

Kentucky State Police say Blevins should be considered armed and dangerous because it is likely he still has the murder weapon with him.

If you see Blevins, you are urged to call KSP at 606-433-7711.



UPDATE 7/16/19 @ 11:25 a.m.
A suspect is facing a murder charge in connection with a deadly shooting in South Williamson, Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) troopers say there is an arrest warrant for Charles Ray Blevins, 37. In addition to a murder charge, he is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Blevins' last known address is in Williamson, West Virginia.

Troopers say the victim is Adrian Smith, 44, of Cleveland, West Virginia. The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Saturday in the city park area near the floodwall.

"Anyone having contact with Mr. Blevins is urged to use extreme caution, as he is considered armed and dangerous," troopers stated in a press release.

If you have any information about Blevins or the shooting, call 911 or KSP at 606-433-7711.

UPDATE 7/8/19 @ 10:05 p.m.
The name of a man who died in a weekend shooting in South Williamson has been released.

Adrian Smith, 44, of Cleveland, West Virginia, is identified as the victim.

As of Monday night, no one had been arrested.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Saturday in the city park area near the floodwall.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call 606-433-7711. Callers may remain anonymous.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/7/19
Kentucky State Police are investigating a murder in the South Williamson community.

Police say the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Saturday.

"I first thought it was somebody banging on a steel pole right in my front yard but it went real fast, about five or six times. I never thought nothing about it," said Randy Goff a nearby neighbor.

Troopers and detectives responded to the scene and found one person shot in the city park area near the flood wall.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner's office.

"That yesterday, that kind of shocked me a bit," said Goff. "This close and with my health. I don't like that too well."

We will continue to update this story as the investigation continues.