Hitchins man charged in stabbing:  Kevin Skaggs arrested on assault and possession charges

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 A Hitchins area man is currently being held in the Carter County Detention Center on charges related to the stabbing of a second Carter County man near Soldier on Saturday. 

Officers with the Kentucky State Police Post 14 responded after receiving a call that a man had sought care at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, in Morehead, after being assaulted with a knife outside of a residence in Soldier. 

Detective David Boarman responded at the hospital and took statements from witnesses who reported that Kevin Skaggs, 34, of Hitchins, had stabbed Brock Porter, 37. According to witnesses the stabbing allegedly occurred when Porter attempted to “intervene in an altercation between (Skaggs) and a third party,” according to a release from the Kentucky State Police. 

Porter was later airlifted to University of Kentucky hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Skaggs was located later that same day, in Olive Hill, and acknowledged stabbing Porter. But, according to police, his version of events differed markedly from other witnesses. According to Skaggs the stabbing was an act of self-defense. 

Skaggs was still in possession of the knife he used in the stabbing at the time of his arrest. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance believed to be heroin. 

Skaggs was arrested by Kentucky State Police on a charge of first degree assault for the stabbing, as well as first degree possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of failure to appear stemming from previous incidents. 

Skaggs is currently lodged in the Carter County Detention Center and the case remains under investigation by Detective Boarman. 

The police have not released any additional information on the victim at this time. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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