A man accused of shooting a Westwood man to death, then dumping his body over an embankment in rural Greenup County made his first Kentucky court appearance on Friday.
Carlton T. Gallman, 36, of Ashland, was arraigned in Greenup District Court on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. He could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted.
Gallman’s co-defendant, Aaron W. Gallion, 35, also of Ashland, was also arraigned on Friday on a new charge of complicity to commit murder. Gallion was initially charged only with tampering with physical evidence for helping to dump the body of Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood. However, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said earlier this week that its investigation had revealed Gallion was also complicit in Frazier’s slaying. Under Kentucky law, complicity to murder carries the same sentence as murder, 20 years to life.
District Judge Brian McCloud entered not-guilty pleas on Gallman’s behalf and scheduled a preliminary hearing for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Gallion is scheduled for a preliminary hearing that day on both the complicity and tampering charges.
Asked by McCloud whether he had an attorney and whether he was employed, Gallman answered no to both questions. The judge appointed the state Department of Public Advocacy to represent him. Public defender Sam Weaver, who was earlier appointed to represent Gallion, said he anticipated there would be a conflict with him representing both defendants and told Gallman: “Someone will come talk to you.”
McCloud ordered Gallman to continue being held without bond in the Greenup County Detention Center. Gallion is also lodged in the GCDC.
Gallman and Gallion both were arrested April 19 after Frazier’s body was discovered over an embankment along Happy Ridge Road. Frazier was reported missing April 8. The KSP said it had determined Frazier’s murder occurred on March 25 at a location on Rockgate Road in Greenup County, and that his body was then moved to Happy Ridge and dumped there.
An autopsy revealed Frazier died of multiple gunshot wounds.
After warrants were issued for both suspects, detectives located Gallman in Westwood, but Gallman spotted them and fled in his vehicle, the KSP said. Other agencies were notified and Gallman was apprehended after crossing into Ohio and wrecking his vehicle near Coal Grove. Gallion was found at a residence on Oxcart Road in Boyd County and arrested without incident.
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