Volume 53, Number 20

twenty four pages two sections

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, May 19, 2016

Double homicide of father and son at local business

Double homicide of father  and son at local businessBy: AMANDA HILL BOND, Publisher

Local authorities discovered a double homicide of a father and son according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
A release from the TBI stated that in the early hours of Thursday, July 31st, the bodies of Danny Dowdy, 58, and Cody Dowdy, 22 were found at the family business known as the Sugar Shack in Static, Tennessee.
The TBI Violent Crime Unit, which aids local agencies across the state by processing crime scenes to collect and document evidence, was utilized by request.
At around 8 p.m., Pickett County Sheriff Dana Dowdy along with 13th District Attorney General Randy York, made the announcement at the scene that a suspect had been identified and taken into custody. Josh Pyles, 34, of Monticello, Kentucky was arrested and charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.
His arraignment was held Tuesday morning, August 5th at the Pickett County Courthouse.
As with any violent crime, specific details involving the case are limited due to the ongoing investigation, so the circumstances and motivation for this crime are unknown at this time.
Multiple agencies have assisted in the ongoing investigation from the Wayne and Clinton County, Kentucky Sheriff's Offices and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Hundreds of people joined for candlelight vigils over the weekend to remember the victims and family.
Complete obituaries for Danny and Cody Dowdy are on page 2.
The last murder in Pickett County was in April 2005 when Jesse Dennis of Pall Mall shot and killed Wilmore Hatfield of Jamestown at the Bald Rock Package Store. Dennis plead guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter.
It has been 19 years since the double murder of Bethel Hill Jr., and Lorraine Whittenburg, who's burned bodies were found in a vehicle at a location known as the Half Moon Hole in August of 1995.
Robbie Davidson was charged with two counts of first degree murder and a Pickett County jury found him guilty of second degree giving him a total of 50 years in prison.

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