Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 23, 2013

Murder victim shot to death

Boyd man’s body was discovered last week

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GREENUP — A Boyd County man whose body was discovered along a roadside in rural Greenup County last week was shot to death.

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Monday at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort indicated Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, died of “multiple gunshot wounds,” Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright said Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the man accused of murdering Frazier was brought back to Kentucky to face charges in his slaying.

Carlton T. Gallman, 36, of Ashland, was transported from the Lawrence County Jail in Ironton to the Greenup County Detention Center on Tuesday, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

Gallman, who was arrested Friday evening near Coal Grove, waived extradition Monday following a hearing in Ironton Municipal Court. He is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Frazier.

Frazier was reported missing April 8. His body was discovered Friday over an embankment along Happy Ridge Road and taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy,  performed on Monday. The cause of his death hasn’t been released.

The KSP said it learned through its investigation Frazier was murdered on or about March 25 at a location on Rockgate Road in Greenup County. His body was then dumped on Happy Ridge.

Aaron W. Gallion, 35, of Ashland, is charged with tampering with physical evidence in Frazier’s slaying. He is also lodged in the GCDC.

After warrants were issued Friday for both suspects, detectives located 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 because their unmarked vehicle did not have emergency equipment. 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.

Gallion was arraigned Monday before Greenup District Judge Brian McCloud, who scheduled a preliminary hearing for 10:30 a.m. May 1, a deputy in the Greenup Circuit Clerk’s Office said. Gallman is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Gallman is being held without bond; Gallion on $100,000 bond.

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