Register Staff Report
An Eastern Kentucky University student is dead following a fight that broke out at a New Year’s celebration in Whitesburg.
Michael Hogg, 25, was stabbed and killed around 2 a.m. Wednesday during a brawl outside Streetside Grill & Bar, according to the Mountain Eagle newspaper in Whitesburg. He was formerly from Kingscreek in Letcher County, and he was a senior at EKU, according to a school spokesman.
Officers have charged 24-year-old James R. Huffman of Pikeville with murder and assault. They also charged 27-year-old Patrick Smith of Lexington with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and tampering with physical evidence.
Two other Letcher County men also were stabbed, according to the Mountain Eagle. They were David Christopher Puckett, 23, of Jenkins, and Stacy Phillips, 23, of Thornton. Puckett was flown by helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., where he is being treated for the stab wounds he suffered. His condition could not be determined.
Phillips was treated at the Whitesburg hospital and later released.
Smith was taken into custody after police found two knives in his boots, at least one of which had blood on it. Smith told police the knife with blood on it belonged to Huffman, who had “visible abrasions on (his) hand and dried blood,” an arrest citation says.
StreetSide Grill and Bar owner Charlie Wright said a review of surveillance video shows no altercation occurring inside the establishment. Wright said that Hogg and Puckett had been part of a large and well-behaved crowd celebrating the New Year in the bar and restaurant. He said the business had already been closed for the night when the crime occurred.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church. Visitation is scheduled for 6 pm. until 10 p.m. Friday at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Hogg Cemetery at Kingscreek. Letcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.