The Richmond Register

February 28, 2014

Man indicted on attempted murder charge for stabbing

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Madison grand jury has indicted a man on an attempted murder charge in connection with a stabbing that occurred last summer on Peytontown Road.

Jason Keith Blair, 38, of Mount Vernon, also was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and three counts of first-degree persistent felony offender.

Because of the PFO enhancement, Blair faces a potential sentence of 20 to 50 year to life in prison on the attempted murder and burglary charges.

A Mount Vernon woman, Pamela Gail Horne, 35, also was indicted in the same incident on charges of first-degree burglary and falsely reporting an incident.

The indictment alleges that Blair and Horne unlawfully entered the home of Danny Ashcraft on June 10, and Blair cut Ashcraft with a knife. Blair also allegedly tried to cut Ashcraft’s throat, according to the indictment.

The home is in a rural area between Berea and Paint Lick, according to a Madison County Sheriff’s Office report.

During the attack on Ashcraft, Horne is accused of taking his truck keys and driving away in his vehicle, the police report stated. She is alleged to have then returned to assist Blair in fleeing the scene.

Horne wrecked the truck less than a mile from Ashcraft’s home.

Horne is charged with falsely reporting an incident because during an interview after the altercation, the investigating deputy said she claimed she had been sexually assaulted by Blair. However, she later retracted her statement and said he had not attacked her, according to the deputy.

Other indictments handed down Wednesday:

• Rodney Joe Coffey, 36, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor

• Deshaunta McMullen, theft by deception (more than $500)

• Leon H. Benson, 29, first-degree bail-jumping and second-degree persistent felony offender

• Harry W. Banks, 35, trafficking in marijuana (more than 8 oz., less than 5 lbs.) enhanced by handgun possession, trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 oz.) enhanced by handgun possession and possession of drug paraphernalia

• Joseph B. King, 43; Dianah V. King, 42; and Teresa R. Howard, 43, manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree persistent felony offender (Joseph B. King)

• Tiffany M. Davidson, 23, first-degree bail jumping

• Paul D. Bailey, 29, first-degree bail jumping

• John I. Newland III, first-degree bail jumping

• Kelly M. Jones, 29, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication

• Gregory Scott Jessie, 34, fraudulent use of a credit card (less than $10,000)

• Hollie G. Gordon, 45, second-degree burglary and first-degree persistent felony offender

Order of dismissal without prejudice

• Melody Anne Nolan, 32

An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to prosecute.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.