Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 20, 2013

2 arrests in Boyd man's murder

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

COAL GROVE — Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Boyd County man who was reported missing earlier this month.

The investigation into Christopher Frazier's disappearance became a murder case on Friday when the body of the 29-year-old Westwood resident was located along Happy Ridge Road in rural Greenup County, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said. The body was along the roadway, but hidden from view because it was over an embankment, the KSP said.

Frazier was reported missing April 8. Detectives were able to learn his murder occurred on or about March 25 in the 800 block of Rockgate Road in Greenup County and his body moved to Happy Ridge and dumped there, the KSP said.

Warrants were obtained charging Carlton Gallman, 36, and Aaron W. Gallion, 35, both of Ashland, in connection with the slaying, the KSP said.

Detectives were able to locate Gallman in Westwood, but Gallman spotted them and fled in his vehicle, the KSP said. The detectives weren't able to make a traffic stop due to their unmarked vehicle not having emergency equipment. Other agencies were notified and Gallman was apprehended after crossing into Ohio and wrecking his vehicle near Coal Grove.

Gallman was lodged in the Lawrence County Jail to await extradition to Kentucky. He is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Gallion was located at a residence on Oxcart Road in Boyd County and taken into custody. He was lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center on a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

Frazier's body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an autopsy and official identification, the KSP said.

The KSP didn't reveal the cause of Frazier's death and the connection between the victim and the suspects wasn't immediately clear. The case remains under investigation by Detective Christopher Carter.

Agencies that responded and assisted the KSP during the course of the investigation included the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, Coal Grove Police Department, South Point Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Frazier's slaying was the second homicide this year in Greenup County. Michael Gillispie, 30, died earlier this month in St. Mary's Medical Center as a result of being stabbed in the chest with a steak knife during a March 27 altercation. Reece Frasure, 50, of South Shore, has been charged with murder in Gillispie's death.