Casey  County News


Gene Williams Dies of Gunshot Wound


The Thursday, December 4, 1941 edition of the Russell County News reported that;

Gene Williams, son of Ivan Williams, of Decatur, this [Russell] County, was shot and killed instantly by Blevins Lay at Dunnville, Casey County, last Monday night." The KY death record index gives the victim's name as Evan E. Williams, age 25.

Subsequently, the Thursday, August 20, 1942 edition of the Russell County News carried this follow up, reprinted from the Casey County News:

"Blevins Lay Dies of Heart Attack"

A message was received by relatives here Sunday telling of the sudden death of Mr. Blevins Lay, about 70 years of age, which occurred in Newport where he had been spending some time with a daughter. Deceased formerly lived in this county. Surviving are several children, also a half-brother, Mr. T.M. Lay, of Dunnville. This paper could not learn of funeral and burial arrangements at the time of going to press. Lay was at liberty awaiting trial on a charge of murdering Eugene Williams [of Russell County] which occurred last November. His trial was to have come up at the September term of circuit court." ( "Sunday" probably referred to Sunday, August 9th. 

An entry noting Mr. Lay death was not found either in the Kentucky or Ohio death record index.)