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May 27, 2014

Murder suspect appears in court

CATLETTSBURG — The Boyd County man charged with killing his former neighbor early on Memorial Day appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.

Charles P. Wilhere, 45, is accused of choking Aaron Adkins to death, according to Kentucky State Police. The two men are listed as having addresses across the street from each other in the 1400 block of Fairway Drive, which is in the Cedar Knoll area near the Kyova mall.

Other reports say Adkins grew up there but was visiting from Indiana.

Wilhere entered the plea through his attorney, Sebastian Joy, who asked district judge Scott Reese to lower Wilhere’s bond.

Joy asked Reese to set the bond at $100,000 and use of an ankle monitor. Joy said Wilhere would stay with his brother and would agree to avoid contact with Adkins’ family and associates.

Joy said Wilhere works at AK Steel and has lived in Boyd County more than 20 years. He called him a low flight risk.

He said it is uncertain whether Wilhere could raise the $100,000.

Reese said the charge was too serious and left the bond at $250,000. Wilhere was returned to the Boyd County Detention Center, where he has been confined since his arrest early Monday.

Wilhere was arrested after state police and sheriff’s deputies went to his home around 3 a.m. following a call reporting an apparent shooting.

However, a state police statement alleges police found Adkins, 29, and Wilhere had fought and Wilhere had choked Adkins to death.

Reese scheduled a preliminary hearing for 1 p.m. June 4. Joy said he would ask again for a lower bond at that time.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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Isaiah Caperton and Ryan Ratliff, both 12 years old, ride the Star Trooper on the midway at the Boyd County fair Tuesday. KEVIN GOLDY / THE INDEPENDENT

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