A grand jury indicted a man on Nov. 6 for tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse after April Arnett's body was found in a ditch in Madison County in August.

Man indicted for abuse of a corpse

Ryan Crawley

According to a previous Register article, a warrant states Ryan Crawley, 35, Sadieville, and another person entered Madison County on Lexington Road using the Clays Ferry Bridge on Aug. 16.

The two crossed the bridge before turning their vehicle around, the warrant states. Inside the vehicle, the two were carrying a body wrapped in a tarp with cinder blocks attached to it.

Crawley and his accomplice stopped on the bridge and tried to throw the body into the river below, according to the warrant. However, "the body got hung up on a guide wire that was attached to the bridge," and it didn't fall.

Crawley and his accomplice left the area for an unknown amount of time, the warrant states. They returned and tried to get the body free of the bridge and into the river.

While doing so, another motorist saw Crawley and his accomplice, the warrant states. The two retrieved the body from the wire, put it back into their vehicle and fled the scene by backing off the bridge and continuing on Lexington Road toward Richmond.

Crawley and his accomplice then stopped on Lexington Road between Boone's Trace and the Clays Ferry Bridge to dump Arnett's body in a ditch, the warrant states.

Ronald Crawley, 45, Lexington, was arrested in this case on Oct. 6 as the accomplice, and his charges are still pending.

• • •

The following were also indicted on Nov. 6

• John Lawson, 55, Lexington, among three indictments, he is charged with first-degree controlled substance trafficking (more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, enhanced by possession of a firearm), controlled substance trafficking (heroin, enhanced by possession of a firearm), controlled substance trafficking (more than 4 grams of cocaine, enhanced by possession of a firearm), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to or improper signal, five counts of receiving stolen property (more than $500) and eight counts of obscuring the identity of a machine (more than $10,000).

• Brandy Mullins, 34, Hays Fork Lane, Richmond, four counts of receiving stolen property (more than $500) and eight counts of obscuring the identity of a machine (more than $10,000).

• Ryan O. Clark, 28, Keystone Drive, Richmond, first-degree controlled substance trafficking (fentanyl), first-degree controlled substance trafficking (less than 2 grams of methamphetamine), first-degree controlled substance possession and third-degree controlled substance trafficking.

• Julio Antonio Leyva, 30, Siesta Drive, Richmond, second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.

• Shaniece Garcia, 23, Georgetown, third-degree assault.

• Tiffany McCormick, 40, Drowning Creek, Waco, first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Joshua Eversole, age and address unknown, first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine).

• Jaclyn Vanwinkle, 36, Pine Woods Road, Berea, first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine).

• Whitney Muncy, 26, McDougal Avenue, Richmond, first-degree controlled substance possession, third-degree controlled substance possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Johnny Webb, age and address unknown, first-degree controlled substance possession and second-degree controlled substance possession.

• Wilgus Johnson, 39, unknown address, Richmond, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device, second-degree escape and third-degree criminal mischief.

• Dewayne Gibson Jr., age and address unknown, first-degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.

• Jessica Thomas, age and address unknown, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and second-degree escape.

• Joshua Newby, 36, Old U.S. 25 North, Berea, first-degree controlled substance possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession.

• Daniel Kelley, age and address unknown, first-degree controlled substance possession and public intoxication.

• Jay Wilhoite, age and address unknown, flagrant nonsupport.

• Lori Wilson, 40, homeless, first-degree bail jumping.

An indictment does not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.

React to this story:

0
0
1
1
0

Recommended for you