This Friday prosecutors plan to outline the case against one Eastern Kentucky man facing murder charges in Martin County.
Police say on Friday night Orie Spence, Jr. shot and killed, Edger Hedrick, and his wife, April, at their home on Rockhouse Road in Tomahawk.
Court officials tell us Spence pleaded not guilty Monday morning to two counts of murder.
Spence is being held on a $2 million cash bond. His preliminary hearing is set for November 8th.
Neighbors on Rockhouse Road say Edger Hedrick and Orie Spence were friends and say Spence was having a birthday party for Hendrick, who had just turned forty.
The neighbors say they heard gunshots Friday night but never imagined they’d find out two of their friends were dead.
When officials arrived at the home, they found Hedrick and his wife, April, shot and killed. Soon after, Spence, who is Hedrick’s cousin, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.
“OJ and Edger were like brothers,” says Hedrick’s mom, Dixie Hedrick, “We have no idea what went wrong…it’s the way the devil works.”
Dixie Hedrick says the shooting destroyed their family.
“It was senseless, a senseless killing,” said Hedrick, “I’ll never forget it…it’s destroyed our lives and it’s destroyed my brother’s life.”
Kentucky State Police have confirmed Orie Spence Jr., of Martin County is charged with two counts of murder and is lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The Martin County Coroner confirmed April and Edger Hedrick of Tomahawk were found dead in their home Friday night. The incident remains under investigation.
The Martin County Coroner released the ages of the victims in Friday night’s shooting.
We are told the man was 40 years of age and the woman was 37.
Their bodies were taken to Frankfort for autopsy.
Martin County Dispatchers tell us one man was arrested Friday night in connection with the shooting.
His name has not yet been released.
Kentucky State Police are investigating a double homicide in the Martin County.
The incident happened on Rockhouse Road in the Tomahawk Community.
The Martin County Sheriff says a man and a woman are dead following a shooting that took place around 9p.m. Friday.
Troopers and detectives continue to investigate exactly what went on. A motive for the shooting is not yet known.
We will continue to bring you updates as we get more information.
We are following a developing story out of Martin County.
The Martin County Sheriff tells us a man and woman are dead after a shooting in the Tomahawk area.
Police are still on the scene. We have a crew in route now and will have more information as it becomes available.