UPDATE: Four more arrests in connection to Pikeville officer’s murder


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – On the night the community began paying its respects to a fallen Pikeville Police officer, came word four more people had been arrested and charged in connection to the case.

State Police say Greg Slone and Michael Slone, from the Betsy Layne area, and Amanda Dotson and Jeanne Blackburn, were all charged with Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension 1st Degree in connection to the shooting death of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton.

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Investigators did not release any details on what the four suspects are accused of doing in connection to the case.  They were all lodged in the Pike County Detention Center, according to KSP.

Also on Friday, the man accused of gunning down Officer Hamilton, 55-year old John Hall, of Pikeville, pleaded not guilty to murder of a police officer and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon charges at his arraignment in Pike District Court.  He was appointed a public defender.  He’s being held without bond in the Pike County Detention Center.

State Police say late in the evening on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Officer Hamilton and a State Trooper were conducting a criminal patrol on Hurricane Creek when they encountered a suspicious vehicle in the area.

Investigators say the officers talked to the people in the vehicle and assessed the area around a nearby home for possible people who were on foot.

While canvassing the area, Officer Hamilton and the Trooper became separated.  Gunshots were fired a short time later near the home.  The Trooper found Officer Hamilton, who had been shot to death, according to State Police.

On Friday, March 16, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin asked people across the Commonwealth of Kentucky to lower flags to half-staff from sunrise Sunday to sunset on Monday in memory of Officer Hamilton, who left behind a wife and young daughter.