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July 2, 2014

Steen indicted for attempted murder

CATLETTSBURG — A Boyd County political candidate was indicted by a Boyd County Grand Jury Wednesday morning on a charge of attempted murder, according to Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice.

William “Will” Steen, 27, was originally charged with first-degree assault in the June 20 early morning shooting.

Steen’s bond conditions have been modified as well, Justice said. He must turn in his concealed deadly weapons license, which will be held at the courthouse, because multiple guns were found at the residence and he also is not permitted to consume any alcohol.

The victim, Brice Clark, 23, of Ashland, was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to his arm and back. He has since been released from the hospital.

The incident occurred at 1:40 a.m. in the 1200 block of 29th Street, where Steen lives. Neighbors called 911 to report shots being fired, according to Ashland Police Department Maj. Mark McDowell said.

APD officers responded and, after tending to the victim, set up a perimeter around the house, McDowell said. After about 90 minutes, they spotted Steen climbing out a back window and placed him under arrest without incident.

Preliminary findings indicated the two men, described as “acquaintances” by McDowell, got into a dispute of some sort, although it wasn’t immediately clear what it was over, he said.

Alcohol is also believed to have been a factor in the incident. Both the victim and the suspect had been drinking, McDowell said.

A handgun was used in the shooting, McDowell said.

Steen is the Democratic candidate for Boyd County District 2 constable in the November general election. He was unopposed in the primary, but faces opposition from Republican Chris “Pug” Daniels this fall.

Constables have no assigned duties but, under Kentucky law, have the same county-wide law enforcement as the sheriff and are permitted to carry firearms.

Steen was released on $50,000 bond only hours after his arrest.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

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