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Five indicted for capital offenses: Commonwealth issues indictments in Waggoner murder

Staff Report
Carter County Times

 The Carter Circuit Court Grand Jury issued indictments last month charging five individuals – four from Grayson and one from Morehead – with complicity to capital murder in the December death of John Waggoner. 

Waggoner, 25, of Grayson, was found dead after Grayson police responded to a call at around 10 p.m. on Friday, December 11 about a disturbance on Southview Court. At that time Brenda Clevenger, 62, of Grayson, was arrested on suspicion of complicity to murder, while Roger Ratcliff, 70, Joseph Ratcliff, 29, and Jacob Ruth, 42, all of Grayson, and William Smith, 43, of Morehead were all arrested on murder charges. All were housed in the Carter County Detention Facility at that time and police declined to comment further on the open case. 

Indictments in the case were handed down last month, charging all five with “complicity to capital murder.” This is a capital offense, meaning that if found guilty the defendants could find themselves facing lethal injection. 

The state defines complicity to capital murder as, “soliciting, commanding, or engaging in a conspiracy with another person to commit the offense; or aiding, counseling, or attempting to aid another person in the offense of capital murder.” 

See a full list of indictments on page A-3.

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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