GRAYSON A Carter County man with a previous murder charge was arraigned in court on Monday morning on more charges.
Matthew Kelley, 29, of Grayson was arraigned in Carter County Circuit Court in front of Judge Rebecca K. Phillips on the charges of solicitation of murder, a class B felony, and two counts of solicitation of murder – police officer, a class B felony. Kelley already faces a murder charge in the case of a shooting death of a family member in October 2018, according to court records.
Kelley allegedly sought an individual to commit the killings of two Kentucky State Police Post 14 officers, Detective Jeffery Kelley and Trooper Tyler Daniels, and one civilian, Connie Duncan. According to a press release sent out by KSP Post 14, the two officers are connected to a homicide case in which Kelley was previously arrested.
“Mr. Kelley solicited to have Detective Kelley, Trooper Daniels and a witness, Connie Duncan, in the prior case murdered,” according to the press release. “In October 2018, Detective Jeffrey Kelley charged Matthew Kelley, age 29 of Grayson, with murder. Trooper Tyler Daniels lodged Mr. Kelley in the Carter County Detention Center.”
Kelley was previously arrested in the shooting death of a family member in October 2018, according to court records.
The Kentucky State Police previously told The Daily Independent that Kelley was arrested in the shooting death of his grandfather-in-law, Bradley Duncan, 81, of Carter County.
Kelley has not been convicted on the charge of murder. The criminal court case is ongoing, according to Carter County court files.