By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
Two suspects were arrested after a Canadatown man was found beaten, bloody and left for dead Saturday.
Garry Inman, 20, of Rockholds, and a male juvenile face charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
According to Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Townsley, the victim, Billy Barton, 59, was dropped off at a residence in Corbin by his brother.
Townsley said Barton had asked the juvenile and Inman to take him to Liquor King.
When they initially refused, Townsley said Barton left the residence on foot.
The deputy said Inman and the juvenile left the location to look for Barton, and found him walking.
“He asked again if they’d take him to the (liquor store),” Townsley said. “And they said ‘Yes, they’d give him a ride — that’s fine.’”
But Barton reportedly never got to Liquor King.
Townsley and Chief Deputy Derek Eubanks found Barton naked, covered in blood, with the appearance of being assaulted. Townsley said he was nearly unconscious and found in Knox County on Flat Creek Road, off of a gas well service road.
“I didn’t get to talk to him much,” Townsley said. “The only things he said were that the two guys had done it, and his name.”
Barton was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he was initially listed in critical condition. No updated information was available at press time, but Townsley and Sheriff John Pickard believed Barton may be released from the hospital today.
The investigation began at a Watch Road home in Corbin, which led Eubanks and Townsley to Eaton Branch Road, and finally took them to Mosley Branch Road where the two suspects were detained for questioning, then arrested.
Assisting in this case were Kentucky State Troopers Chad Gregory and Jason Partin.
By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
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