Officers arrest juvenile wanted for weekend killings

Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer | awarren@messenger-inquirer.com Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain answers questions during a press conference at the courthouse about the arrest of a juvenile on Thursday in connection with the weekend killings in Whitesville. On left is DCSO’s Major Barry Smith and Major Bill Thompson, right.

The juvenile wanted by police for allegedly killing two people and wounding a third during a party in Whitesville over the weekend has been taken into custody.

The juvenile was arrested just after noon Thursday in Graystone Estates in Owensboro. The 17-year-old was arrested without incident.

The 17-year-old was wanted in connection with Saturday's fatal shooting in Whitesville that killed Amarius Winstead, 16, and Jasper Brown, 18. Brown and Winstead were shot at a party in the 8200 block of Crisp Road.

A third person, Tyler Glover, 19, was also shot and underwent surgery at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

The sheriff's department obtained a warrant on the juvenile for two counts of murder and one count of second-degree assault on Wednesday afternoon. That triggered a manhunt that involved deputies and Owensboro Police Department officers for much of Wednesday night.

The juvenile's name is being withheld under a state law that protects juvenile records from public view. The name could become public if the juvenile is charged as an adult and after he makes his first appearance in Circuit Court.

"This individual will be charged as an adult," Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain said.

At a press conference Thursday at the Daviess County Courthouse, Cain said investigators obtained information the juvenile was staying at a home in the 4700 block of Wembley Way and set up surveillance. At 12:20 p.m., investigators saw the juvenile get into a vehicle driven by another person. The vehicle was stopped a short distance away by sheriff's deputies, members of the Kentucky State Police's special response team and the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force.

The investigation is continuing, Cain said.

"Numerous persons still need to be located and interviewed, and there is a possibility others will be charged," Cain said.

Department officials said previously Brown is believed to have been the intended target and Winstead and Glover were shot because they were close by when the juvenile opened fire.

"We are aware of an altercation that took place some weeks prior," Cain said.

That altercation was between the juvenile and Brown, said Major Barry Smith, the department's chief deputy.

The juvenile was taken to the Owensboro Police Department for questioning. Cain said the juvenile immediately requested an attorney.

A weapon has not been located, Cain said.

The occupants of the Wembley Way home and the driver of the car the juvenile was riding in when arrested are cooperating with detectives, said Major Bill Thompson, head of investigations for the sheriff's department.

Thompson said officials could provide no information on the juvenile, such as whether he has a criminal history, because of the state law that protects juvenile records.

Cain said the investigation was hampered at times by witnesses who were reluctant to talk out of fear or because they didn't want to provide information to law enforcement.

"We had a number of individuals that would not talk to us," Cain said. "We had others that, when they did talk to us (their statements) were less than true.

"Ultimately, the cooperation of the families led to the information that led us to this point," Cain said.

The people who hosted the party were not involved in the shooting, Cain said.

The juvenile is expected to appear in juvenile court on Friday, June 7. Cain said detectives worked continuously on the case.

"I think the thing that has been most frustrating to our officers, although they worked tremendously, is there were some ... on social media who were unwilling" to recognize the effort, Cain said.

James Mayse, 270-691-7303, jmayse@messenger-inquirer.com, Twitter: @JamesMayse

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