Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 15, 2012

2 arraigned in double murder

SANDY HOOK — Two men charged recently in a nearly 5-year-old double homicide in Elliott County made their first court appearances on Tuesday.

Elige Randolph, 35, and James R. “Bobby” Eden, 35, were arraigned in Elliott Circuit Court before Judge Rebecca Phillips. Both entered not-guilty pleas to charges of murder and kidnapping.

The two could get the death penalty if they are convicted. It wasn’t immediately known whether prosecutors intend to seek capital punishment in the case.

Both men were indicted last month by a special Elliott County grand jury in the execution-style slayings of Robert E. Boggs, 36, and Christopher A. Leadingham, 25.

Boggs’ body was found in a home on Stark Ridge Road on Jan. 2, 2008. The body of Leadingham, Boggs’ roommate, was discovered two days later in an illegal dump a few miles away from the residence. Both men died of gunshot wounds to the head, Kentucky State Police said.

Family members said Boggs and Leadingham worked construction together and were close friends. Leadingham had moved in with Boggs shortly before the murders after separating from his wife.

The investigation into the slayings had gone cold, but, through a joint investigation, detectives from the KSP’s Morehead post and Elliott County Sheriff Jimmy Stephens were able to piece together enough information to present to the grand jury.

Additional charges and arrests are pending, the KSP said.

Randolph and Eden are already in the state prison system serving time for unrelated crimes, including drug trafficking and theft. Randolph is being housed in the Marion Adjustment Center in Lebanon, while Eden is in the men’s Assesment and Classification Center at LaGrange, according to the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup system.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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