The Richmond Register

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August 6, 2008

Police arrest third suspect for murders

A third suspect and the second from Richmond was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Feb. 1, 2002, murders of two Lincoln County men.

Deonte Lamont Simmons, 25, was charged by Kentucky State Police with two counts each of murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery, and one count of first-degree burglary, in the murders of Bo Upton and Ryan Shangraw, who were found shot to death after at least four masked individuals entered Shangraw’s rented mobile home in the Hubble community.

The Associated Press has stated that the Lincoln County coroner said at the time the killings appeared to be drug-related.

It also has been reported that there were two witnesses, 15- and 16-year-old girls, visiting the victims when the perpetrators arrived.

Simmons, aka Cone, was sentenced in April by a Madison County jury to 10 years in prison for complicity to first-degree trafficking and 15 years imprisonment for being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

He is incarcerated at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia on those charges.

The latest arrest in the murder and other related charges stems from a Lincoln County indictment warrant served by KSP Detective Monte Owens.

The arrest of Simmons is the third in the case and the second of a local man.

Jamarkos Campbell, 23, of Richmond, was arrested in April, but because Campbell was a juvenile when the murders occurred authorities have declined to release his name.

The Richmond Register and the Danville Advocate-Messenger have confirmed his identity through other sources.

A family member of Campbell told the Register in April that she drove him to the Kentucky State Police Post in Richmond to turn himself in.

The day after his surrender, KSP officials sent out a press release stating that an arrest of one suspect had been made in connection with the murders. However, it stated the investigation was ongoing and no further details would be released at the time. It also indicated that more arrests were expected.

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