Deborah Partin, 55-years-old, joined 36-year-old Jeremiah Charles Evans in the Bell County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon; both have been charged with the murder of William Taylor of Frakes.
Taylor was brutally beaten during the robbery of his home in the early morning hours of January 15, 2008. After the robbers fled, Taylor walked more than 100 yards to his nearest neighbor’s house for help.
Taylor was sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he died approximately one week after the attack.
Evans was arrested just over two weeks ago, on Wednesday, October 20. At that time, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Lieutenant Mickey Hatmaker indicated that there would be more arrests. “The investigation is ongoing. There will be more arrests, I am confident of that,” the lieutenant said.
Partin has been charged with murder, while Evans is charged with murder, complicity to commit murder and he’s charged as a persistent felony offender in the second degree.
KSP Trooper Tyson Lawson arrested both individuals. On Thursday afternoon, Partin was located near a relative’s home — directly off Highway 190 on Webb Road in the Frakes community — and was taken into custody. Lawson reported full cooperation from Partin at the time of her arrest.
When asked if more arrests are expected, Lawson stated that the investigation is ongoing.
An arrest is an accusation only. Individuals arrested are considered to be innocent, unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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Kentucky State Police authorities attempted to arrest 55-year-old Deborah Partin on Thursday afternoon at her Chenoa residence, as pictured. Partin, who was wanted for murder, was not apprehended by KSP at that time; but authorities later found her near a relatives’ home in the Frakes community and she was taken into custody.