UPDATE: Teenager's pre-trial diversion will not be revoked after violation

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GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 1/25/18 @ 2 p.m.
A teenager who violated her pre-trial diversion will not have it revoked.

Kelly Dummitt was in court Thursday after she violated her pre-trial diversion earlier this month.

The decision was shocking to the family of Mattie Conley who say they expected to hear the judge sentence Dummitt to jail for the violation.

Dummitt was given a seven year diversion to potentially avoid jail time for her role in the death of Mattie Conley, but officials say she violated that diversion when she went to a Portsmouth bar.

"I think that I'm just kind of in shock that this took place today," said Susan Boyd, Mattie's aunt. "We were so certain, because of what took place, we were lead to believe on her diversion charges that if she got caught one time doing something wrong it was an automatic seven years in prison and that's what we thought we came down here to see today."

James Ratliff was also given a pre-trial diversion for his role in Conley's death. Ratliff pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence charges in Aug. 2017.

The two were originally facing manslaughter charges in Conley's death.

Conley's family agreed to the diversion plea because they say they expected Dummitt to violate it and they would get justice, which is why they were even more surprised by the decision.

"We didn't get it," said Vicki Messer, Mattie's aunt. "I don't know if we'll get it."

During the hearing the judge told Dummitt about the chances to stay out of jail and take the opportunity to do good and make right after allegedly taking a life.

The judge told the court he was required to give Dummitt another chance, however Conley's family says she had her chance and blew it.

"We live with this pain everyday," said Boyd. "It has just intensified because of how the system has done our family. It was enough to lose Mattie, and to have to deal with this on top of it. It's just wrong."

Dummitt will have to serve 90 days in jail for contempt, but will still be able to avoid jail time for the Conley case. Dummitt was also ordered to seek counseling.

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UPDATE 1/9/18 @ 2 p.m.
A teenager who was placed on pre-trial diversion in lieu of jail time has been arrested again for violating the terms of the diversion.

Kelly Dummitt, 19, of Quincy, was booked in the Greenup County Detention Center Monday afternoon for four probation violations.

According to a Kentucky Department of Corrections spokeswoman, Dummitt was charged with entering a place where alcohol is sold as a primary commodity, failure to cooperate with a probation officer, having more than one residence at a time and use of alcohol.

Both Dummitt and James Ratliff were given seven year pre-trial diversions to potentially avoid jail time for the roles in the death of Mattie Conley.

The two were originally facing manslaughter charges in Conley's death.

Matt Conley, Mattie's dad, says the family agreed to the plea deal because they say they "knew Dummitt would screw up again."

"What a lot of them didn't understand is the way the evidence had been handled by the other attorneys that had started out with it, the missing stuff and all that ... the best that we was going to be able to get on her was reckless homicide and according to the law, reckless homicide, she would lose her adult status," Conley said.

But now that Dummitt has violated the terms of her diversion, it has the potential to be revoked.

"Her track record proved that it wasn't going to take long ... kind of person she is, she's arrogant and she just had a total disregard for Mattie's life and she was just too full of herself to not to get in trouble," Conley said. "She thought she got away with murder and she didn't."

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Chris Kelley, says they plan to review all paperwork in the case and will file the appropriate motion.

There is court appearance schedule for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Greenup County Courthouse. Kelley says it will likely be to schedule a hearing.

Conley says they finally feel closer to justice.

"That's just finally going to close one chapter for now and the best way I know how to put it is one down, one to go ... hopefully, he'll screw up too," Conley said.



UPDATE 1/8/18 @ 2:30 p.m.
A teenager who was placed on pre-trial diversion in lieu of jail time has been arrested again for violating the terms of the diversion.

Kelly Dummitt, 19, of Quincy, was booked in the Greenup County Detention Center Monday afternoon, according to the center's website.

Dummitt was booked for a probation violation.

Both Dummitt and James Ratliff were given seven year pre-trial diversions to potentially avoid jail time for the roles in the death of Mattie Conley.

The two were originally facing manslaughter charges in Conley's death.

Officials with the Greenup County Circuit Clerk's Office told WSAZ they had just become aware of Dummitt's arrest.

Details of what led to the arrest are unknown at this time.

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UPDATE 1/8/18 @ 11:05 a.m.
Two people who were convicted on charges in the death of a teenage girl may not have to spend any time in jail.

According to the Greenup County Clerk's Office, James Ratliff and Kelly Dummitt are free on pre-trial diversions.

The diversions are comparable to probation, in that conditions have to be met in order to avoid jail time.

Both Ratliff and Dummit have seven years on their pre-trial diversions.

The two were facing charges in the death of Mattie Conley.

Investigators say in Greenup County in September of 2015, Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with James Ratliff when Dummitt, Ratliff's girlfriend, became irate and started chasing them in her car.

The pair originally reported that Conley jumped off the ATV in fear, but investigators say after they reconstructed the scene, they did not find anything to indicate that.

They say Ratliff admitted to moving Conley's body. Investigators say he also washed blood off his hands and told witnesses not to tell anyone.

The two were originally facing manslaughter charges in Conley's death.

If they complete the diversion, the charges against them will be dropped.



UPDATE 9/8/17 @ 11:35 a.m.
A man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to tampering with evidence charges in the death of a teenage girl.

James Ratliff, of South Williamson, was sentenced to 7 years in prison, but as part of his plea agreement, he will spend 90 days in jail and then five years on probation.

Ratliff pleaded guilty to August to two counts of tampering with evidence.

As part of the agreement, the original charges of first and second-degree manslaughter and tampering with a witness were dismissed.

Court documents show Ratliff deleted call logs and text messages from his phone.

According to court documents, Ratliff will testify in the case against Kelly Dummitt.

Dummit is also charged with manslaughter and tampering with evidence, along with tempering with a witness.

Investigators say in Greenup County in September of 2015, Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with James Ratliff when Dummitt, Ratliff's girlfriend, became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Dummit's trial is set to begin in January.



UPDATE 8/10/17 @ 5 p.m.
A man will not face time for manslaughter in the case involving the death of a teenager.

According to court documents, James Ratliff, of South Williamson, pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence in the death of Mattie Conley.

As part of the deal, the original charges of first and second-degree manslaughter and tampering with a witness were dismissed.

Ratliff's recommended sentence is seven years in prison. He could've faced a maximum sentence of 45 years.

Sentencing is set for 1 p.m. Sept. 7.

According to court documents, Ratliff removed an automobile belonging to Conley from his house "in an attempt to impair its availability."

Court documents show Ratliff deleted call logs and text messages from his phone.

According to court documents, Ratliff will testify in the case against Kelly Dummitt.

Dummit is also charged with manslaughter and tampering with evidence, along with tempering with a witness.

Investigators say in Greenup County in September of 2015, Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with James Ratliff when Dummitt, Ratliff's girlfriend, became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Ratliff's trial was set to begin in October. Dummitt's trial is set for January.

Dummitt was 17 at the time of Conley's death, but she will be tried as an adult.

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UPDATE 7/18/17 @ 4:30 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A teenager awaiting trial in a death from 2015 was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place.

According to court documents, 19-year-old Kelly Dummitt was arrested in Vanceburg, Kentucky.

Dummitt was charged in 2015 with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Mattie Conley.

According to court records, Dummitt was sitting behind the wheel of a parked car near a gas station when someone called in a complaint Tuesday morning.

Police say when they arrived, several people were in the car, and Dummitt had bloodshot and glassy eyes, with a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. They say they saw an open container of Jack Daniel's Watermelon Punch in the console.

Dummitt was moved Tuesday afternoon from the Lewis County Detention Center to the Greenup County Detention Center.

Investigators say in Greenup County in September of 2015, Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with James Ratliff when Dummitt, Ratliff's girlfriend, became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Conley's mother said Ratliff and Conley were friends but that Conley never mentioned knowing Dummitt.

The pair originally reported that Conley jumped off the ATV in fear, but investigators say after they reconstructed the scene, they did not find anything to indicate that. They say Ratliff admitted to moving Conley's body. Investigators say he also washed blood off his hands and told witnesses not to tell anyone.

Both were charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and one count of tampering with a witness.

The two suspects pleaded not guilty.

The Commonwealth Attorney in Maysville is handling the prosecution. Ratliff's trial is set for October, and Dummitt's is set for January.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Chris Kelley, tells WSAZ he can't comment on whether Dummitt's arrest in Vanceburg is a violation of a bond agreement, as the case is pending.

Dummitt was 17 at the time of Conley's death, but she will be tried as an adult.



UPDATE 12/3/15 @ 3:38 p.m.
"Justice for Mattie, Justice for Mattie."

A small crowd screamed at a 17-year-old girl charged with first degree manslaughter as she left the Greenup County Court House Thursday afternoon.

Kelly Fay Dummitt, 17, of Portsmouth, and James Wyatt Ratliff, 20, of South Portsmouth, Ohio were in Greenup Circuit Court for their arraignment in connection with the death of 19-year-old Mattie Conley.

Each is charged with one count of 1st degree manslaughter, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of tampering with a witness. Ratliff is also charged with 2nd degree manslaughter.

The courtroom overflowed with spectators anxiously waiting to hear the judge's ruling on motions before the court.

Dummitt's attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf and requested a bond reduction, which will be taken up at her pretrial hearing on December 9. Although Dummitt is 17, she is being tried as an adult. She remains in a juvenile facility.

The attorney for James Ratliff requested motions for a speedy trial and bond reduction. The Commonwealth Attorney objected to Ratliff being released, but the judge ruled Ratliff be released to his mother because of his low risk score.

The judge gave Ratliff a stern warning not to make any mistakes while awaiting a pretrial hearing.

"You better behave yourself. I'll come down on you like an evil wind, you won't know what hit you," said Judge Robert Conley.

Ratliff will have a pretrial hearing December 12.

Mattie Conley's mother, Elizabeth Conley, says it's not fair that Ratliff is being let out even if for a short time.

"I don't think it's fair, he gets to go home with his family for Christmas and we will never have her. It's not fair at all, he should be in here with that other girl even if it is for another week. It's still another week of freedom they don't deserve. They need to get a life sentence like we got," said Elizabeth Conley.

During the hearing, Conley's family wore t-shirts in support of Mattie and her 19-month-old daughter she leaves behind.



UPDATE 11/22/15 @ 8:00 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) – Elizabeth Conley is still trying to cope with the loss of her teenage daughter. With the holidays fast approaching, she says coping doesn't get any easier.

"It's overwhelming still," said Conley. "I don't think I'll ever get over it. I know I won't."

Her daughter, 19-year-old Mattie Conley was found dead in September.

"She was so eager for this Christmas coming up," said Elizabeth. "We ain't gonna have her this holiday. Her baby's never going to have her. It's not fair."

Conley's body was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of KY SR 784 in Greenup County.

Two people have been charged in connection with her death.

James Wyatt Ratliff, 20, of South Portsmouth, and Kelly Fay Dummitt, 17, of Portsmouth, Ohio are each charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of tampering with a witness. Ratliff is also charged with second-degree manslaughter.

"To me, I'm OK with what they're charged with," said Elizabeth. "But I really wish they would have got murder charges because I myself got a life sentence and her daughter got a life sentence and everybody in her family and the community got a life sentence from her being gone forever when they can still have a chance of probably getting out one day."

Investigators say Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with Ratliff when Dummitt, Ratliff's girlfriend, became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Elizabeth said Ratliff and Conley were friends but that Conley never mentioned knowing Dummitt.

The pair originally reported that Conley jumped off the ATV in fear, but investigators say after they reconstructed the scene, they did not find anything to indicate that. They say Ratliff admitted to moving Conley's body. Investigators say he also washed blood off his hands and told witnesses not to tell anyone. They say the front end of the ATV had been cleaned off.

"We all want answers and we all want to know the truth," said Elizabeth. "I won't give up until justice is served for my daughter."

During a court hearing in September, investigators testified that Dummitt told witnesses she meant to kill Conley.

Officials say her cause of death appeared to be from a massive skull fracture.

Ratliff was arrested in September and charged with second degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held on $25,000 bond. He is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Dummitt was arrested in September as well, but just this week, a district judge transferred her case to circuit court where she will be tried as an adult. She will remain in a juvenile facility if she cannot make bond.

"I'm glad they're in [jail] on the holidays," said Elizabeth. "I think they should deserve more punishment than what they get. Because they didn't only ruin one life. They ruined her daughter's life too without ever having her mommy. And all of us have to hurt for it too."

Ratliff and Dummitt are expected to arraigned on the charges early next week.

In the meantime, Elizabeth says the family is trying to have as normal of a holiday as possible. She said Conley had already picked out Christmas presents for her 19-month-old daughter at Kohl's. After Conley's death, Elizabeth said the store donated all of the gifts to the family.

Elizabeth says seeing the resemblance in Conley's daughter helps the family as they continue to grieve.

"She'll always be with us," said Elizabeth. "Physically, she's not here. But mentally, she always will be."


UPDATE 11/20/15
A Greenup County grand jury on Thursday indicted two people on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of Mattie Conley.

James Wyatt Ratliff, 20, of South Portsmouth, and Kelly Fay Dummitt, 17, of Portsmouth, Ohio are each charged with one count of 1st degree manslaughter, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of tampering with a witness. Ratliff is also charged with 2nd degree manslaughter.

Conley, 19, was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of KY SR 784 in September.

Investigators say Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with Ratliff when Dummitt, Ratliff's girlfriend, became irate and started chasing them in her car.

The pair originally reported that Conley jumped off the ATV in fear, but investigators say after they reconstructed the scene, they did not find anything to indicate that. They say Ratliff admitted to moving Conley's body. Investigators say he also washed blood off his hands and told witnesses not to tell anyone. They say the front end of the ATV had been cleaned off.

During a court hearing in September, investigators testified that Dummitt told witnesses she meant to kill Conley.

Officials say her cause of death appeared to be from a massive skull fracture.

Ratliff was arrested in September and charged with second degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held on $25,000 bond. He is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Dummitt was arrested in September as well, but just this week, a district judge transferred her case to circuit court where she will be tried as an adult. She will remain in a juvenile facility if she cannot make bond.

They are expected to arraigned on the charges early next week.



UPDATE 11/16/15 @ 4:12 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A teenage girl is being charged as an adult in connection with another teenager's death in Greenup County.

Mattie Conley, 19, was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of KY. SR 784 in September.

Investigators say she was riding on the back of an ATV with James Wyatt Ratliff, 19, of South Portsmouth, when Ratliff's 17-year-old girlfriend Kelly Fay Dummitt became irate and started chasing them in her car.

The pair originally reported that Conley jumped off the ATV in fear, but investigators say after they reconstructed the scene, they did not find anything to indicate that. They say Ratliff admitted to moving Conley's body. Investigators say he also washed blood off his hands and told witnesses not to tell anyone. They say the front end of the ATV had been cleaned off.

During a court hearing in September, investigators testified that Dummitt told witnesses she meant to kill Conley.

Officials say her cause of death appeared to be from a massive skull fracture.

Ratliff was arrested in September and charged with second degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

Dummitt was arrested in September as well, but just Monday a district judge held a hearing and transferred her case to circuit court to be tried as an adult.

She is charged with first degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence.

Her bond has been set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 property. She will remain in a juvenile facility if she cannot make bond.

The cases against Ratliff and Dummitt are expected to be presented to the next grand jury.

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UPDATE 9/30/15 @ 6:51 p.m.
One of the suspects charged in a Greenup County teen's death in early September now has a higher bond as his case heads to the grand jury.

Mattie Conley's body was found Sept. 8 on the side of Ky. 784.

Investigators said James Ratliff told them he and Conley were riding on an ATV, when his 17-year-old girlfriend began chasing behind them in a car.

Ratliff said Conley, out of fear, jumped off the ATV to her death.

Investigators said Ratliff and his girlfriend's stories don't add up.

In court Wednesday, a deputy testified they reconstructed the scene and found nothing to indicate Conley jumped.

They also said a pathologist deemed Conley's cause of death to be from a massive skull fracture.

He said it appears her body was moved, and the ATV's front end had been cleaned off.

The deputy also said Ratliff's girlfriend told witnesses she meant to kill Conley.

Tears and prayers filled the courtroom in Greenup County during Ratliff's probable cause hearing Wednesday.

Elizabeth Conley, Mattie Conley's mother, was there for justice.

"He's took my daughter from me. I'll never get her back, he took her mommy," she said.

In court, Ratliff didn't mutter a word.

He's charged with second-degree manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the case.

At the same time, evidence flashed in videos and statements on the courtroom projector.

"I just know in my heart, as a mom, that it did not happen the way they say it did," Conley said.

The judge saw a picture of the ATV involved.

"It appears that it had been cleaned prior to it being brought to this location," said Greenup County Sheriff's Deputy David Bocook.

But prosecutors said there are inconsistencies with Ratliff and his girlfriend's stories.

The two said Ratliff and Conley were riding on an ATV, when his girlfriend saw them, became irate and chased them in a car at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour.

Investigators said the pair told them that's when Conley jumped to her death, fearing Ratliff's girlfriend would kill them.

Deputies testified however, the evidence they have doesn't tell that story.

Bocook told the judge he'd worked cases in the past involving people thrown from vehicles.

He said in this case, the evidence doesn't show Conley skidded on any road at all, though he pointed out bruises on at least one of her arms in photographs.

"Blood and skin, clothing, particles, it's a clear-cut path. It's like similar to tracking a deer," he said.

Commonwealth Attorney Mel Leonhart asked Deputy Bocook if he saw anything similar.

"No sir," Bocook responded.

The prosecutors showed a reconstruction video of the scene, showing a dummy and how someone would respond to jumping off of an ATV.

The video showed a dummy skid for several feet on the road.

The deputy also said Ratliff admitted to moving Conley's body.

He said witnesses also told them Ratliff and his girlfriend showed up at their house after Conley's death.

"They were making statements they just killed a girl and they wanted to use the phone," he said.

Investigators said Ratliff washed blood off his hands and told witnesses not to tell anyone.

Bocook said the juvenile girlfriend called police around 12:10 a.m. the night Conley died, reporting a body on the side of the road.

Prosecutors played an excerpt of the 911 call.

In one excerpt, the juvenile told the dispatcher: "I drove past there as I was on the way to my friend's house."

But he said she told witnesses more.

"To the effect of that's the way she intended it to be, I meant to kill her," he said.

The deputy testified the case is still under investigation, as they take a closer look at a Facebook post and deleted text messages.

He testified Ratliff posted a picture to his Facebook account the night of Conley's death, showing a picture of a lion.

According to Bocook, the text of the post read, "No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all."

He said it was unclear if the text messages deleted were relevant to the case, but they are working to get the messages from the phone carrier.

"We're just all grieving so bad, we miss her so bad," Conley's mother said.

The judge ordered Ratliff's bond be raised to $25,000, giving the family a taste of the justice they said they'll keep fighting for.

They clapped and cheered in the courtroom as the judge adjourned the hearing.

"I hope they get the highest punishment they can ever get," Conley said.

Ratliff already pleaded not guilty in the case at arraignment.

We're told the case will now head to a grand jury.

The grand jury is set to meet again Oct. 8.

The Commonwealth Attorney also asked the judge to upgrade the charges against Ratliff, but the judge denied that request.

Ratliff's attorney also challenged the request to change charges.

"Do you have any evidence to suggest that on the night in question Mr. Ratliff intended to kill Ms. Conley?" said Attorney Tracey Frye.

The deputy testified he did not have that evidence.

We're also told the girlfriend is charged in the case as a juvenile.

Family members said they think she should be tried as an adult.

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UPDATE 9/23/15 @ 12:25 p.m.
A 19-year-old, charged in the death of another teen, has pleaded not guilty.

James Wyatt Ratliff was in court in Greenup County, Kentucky Tuesday. He is charged with second degree manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the death of Mattie Conley.

Conley, 19, was found dead earlier this month. The Greenup County Sheriff's Office says her body was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of Ky. 784.

Investigators say Conley was riding on the back of an ATV with Ratliff when Ratliff's 17-year-old girlfriend became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Investigators tell WSAZ Conley jumped off the ATV in fear.

No other details have been released surrounding her death.

The 17-year-old has also been arrested and charged. Her name has not been released. She is currently being charged as a juvenile, but could be charged as an adult.

In court Tuesday, Greenup County Commonwealth Attorney Mel Leonhart asked for the judge to increase Ratliff's bond in lieu of new evidence. He says the new evidence shows the way the defense said the death happened is impossible.

The judge ruled the bond would stay the same, but may change it if he hears evidence in the next hearing. The current bond for Ratliff is $5,000.



UPDATE 9/11/15 @ 12:55 a.m.
RUSSELL, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Dozens gathered outside Russell High School Thursday night for a vigil to remember Mattie Conley.

Family, friends teachers and other loved ones lit candles, prayed and shared stories of their time with Conley.

The 19-year-old was studying to be a nurse at ACTC. Before that, she went to Greenup County High School where another vigil was held earlier this week. Before Greenup, she went to Russell where she was a cheerleader and played softball.

Conley was found dead early Tuesday morning. Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper says her body was lying in the road in the 10,000 block of Ky. 784.

Wednesday, Deputy David Bocook told WSAZ Mattie was riding on the back of an ATV with James Wyatt Ratliff, 19, of South Portsmouth.

Bocoook says Ratliff's 17-year-old girlfriend became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Bocook tells WSAZ Conley jumped off the ATV in fear.

They have not released any other details surrounding her death.

Ratliff has been arrested and charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

The 17-year-old girl has also been arrested and charged. Bocook says they are working with the prosecutor's office to determine if she will be charged as an adult.

In addition to the vigils, there will be a benefit car wash Sunday at noon at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Flatwoods. All of the proceeds will go to Conley's family to help pay for funeral expenses.



UPDATE 9/9/15 @ 6:45 p.m.
Investigators have released new information surrounding the death of a teen in Greenup County.

Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper says the body of Mattellen “Mattie” Conley, 19, was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of Ky. 784 early Tuesday.

"I just keep waiting on Mattie to come down the stairs," said Conley's friend Abby Gambill. "That's the only way I can describe it."

Gambill, in tears, described Conley's passion for cheerleading, softball and helping others.

"She just was an amazing person and she deserved the world," Gambill said. "It's something you just don't take for granted."

Wednesday, Deputy David Bocook told WSAZ Mattie was riding on the back of an ATV with James Wyatt Ratliff, 19, of South Portsmouth.

Bocoook says Ratliff's 17-year-old girlfriend became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Bocook tells WSAZ Conley jumped off the ATV in fear.

They have not released any other details surrounding her death.

Ratliff has been arrested and charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

The 17-year-old girl has also been arrested and charged. Bocook says they are working with the prosecutor's office to determine if she will be charged as an adult.

Bocook says this incident is tragic for everyone involved.

"Young adults, making emotional, in-the-moment decisions," Bocook said. "And I don't feel that the two defendants woke up that morning with anticipation of something like this, perpetuating something like this happening."

Conley leaves behind a 19-month-old daughter and her boyfriend, Dale Leadingham. She was working two jobs and studying to be a nurse at ACTC.

"If anyone knows Mattie, her daughter was everything," Gambill said. "It was the reason she would get up in the morning and do what she needed to do."

About 100 people gathered for a vigil for Conley Tuesday night at Greenup County High School.

There will be another vigil at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Russell High School .

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UPDATE 9/9/15 @ 4:41 p.m.
Investigators have released new information surrounding the death of a teen in Greenup County.

Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper says the body of Mattellen “Mattie” Conley, 19, was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of KY. SR 784 early Tuesday.

Wednesday, Deputy David Bocook told WSAZ Mattie was riding on the back of an ATV with James Wyatt Ratliff, 19, of South Portsmouth.

Bocoook says Ratliff's 17-year-old girlfriend became irate and started chasing them in her car.

Bocook tells WSAZ Conley jumped off the ATV in fear.

They have not released any other details surrounding her death.

Ratliff has been arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

The 17-year-old girl has also been arrested and charged. Bocook says they are working with the prosecutor's office to determine if she will be charged as an adult.

Conley leaves behind a 19-month-old daughter. She was a nursing student at ACTC.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/8/15 @ 3:18 p.m.
A man from South Portsmouth and a 17-year-old have been arrested in connection with the death of a teenager from Flatwoods, Ky.

Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper says the body of Mattellen “Mattie” Conley, 19, was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of KY. SR 784 around midnight.

Sheriff Cooper tells WSAZ Conley died after some type of ATV accident, but is not releasing any other information due to the investigation.

Cooper says James Wyatt Ratliff, 19, was later arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Ratliff was booked into the Greenup County Detention Center shortly before noon on Tuesday.

A 17-year-old juvenile was also arrested. Sheriff Cooper is not releasing any details on the teen’s arrest. The juvenile is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.

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