Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 11, 2014

Attempted murder indictment in stabbing

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — An Ashland resident has been indicted in connection with stabbing of an Ohio man last month.

Grand jurors on Monday returned a true bill charging John F. Wright, 45, with attempted murder and first-degree persistent felony offender, according to a news release from Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice’s office.

Under Kentucky law, criminal attempt to commit murder is a Class B felony that carries a 10- to 20-year prison sentence. However, the persistent felony offender designation enhances it to Class A felony, meaning Wright could be sentenced to 20 years to life if he’s convicted.

Wright is charged in the Jan. 2 stabbing of Theodore K. Bileyu, 29, of Ironton. Bileyu suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident, which occurred about 8:45 p.m. on Mall Road, in the area near Moe’s and Penn Station,  Ashland Police Department Maj. Mark McDowell said.

Bileyu was beaten and stabbed once in the chest and twice in the back during an altercation with several other males, McDowell said. The chest wound likely would have been fatal had the victim not gotten medical attention when he did, he said.

The fight originated in the Moe’s-Penn Station parking lot, McDowell said. Police don’t know what started it or what it was about, he said.

According to McDowell, police were unaware of the incident until more than an hour later, when Bileyu showed up at a house in the 200 block of Iowa Street in Westwood. The residents called 911 and the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department responded. Deputies notified the APD after learning the stabbing had occurred in city limits, McDowell said.

Bileyu was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center.

Detectives were called to the scene of the stabbing and launched an investigation, which was complicated by the fact the crime scene was covered with snow, McDowell said. Still, he said investigators were able to find some blood traces and took some photographs, he said.

While it’s believed others were involved in the fracas, Wright is the only one who has been charged to date.

Wright has been in the Boyd County Detention Center since Jan. 30, according to the jail’s online inmate roster. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

Others named in indictments returned Monday by the grand jury:

‰Cindy Wells, 35, of Grayson, charged with theft and second-degree persistent felony offender.

‰Jared Binion, 51, of Olive Hill, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and with theft.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or

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