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CHECKING IT OUT—Visitors to the car show at the Small Town America Festival checked out this Corvette Saturday. The show was held along the old railroad tracks downtown. Photo by Tom Marshall.
Police charge two others with murder in double homicide case
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

Kentucky State Police at Morehead announced that they have arrested two more suspected in connection with the alleged murders of Brandy N. Davidson and Devin J. Payton.

Talmadge Branham, 26, of Jeffersonville, was arrested Tuesday morning in Montgomery County, according to a release from the KSP at Morehead. Carla S. Hunt, 31, of Owingsville, was apprehended last Friday in Bath County.

Branham is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. He is lodged in the Montgomery County Regional Jail.
Hunt is also charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. She was first lodged in the Montgomery County Regional Jail and later transported to Three Forks Regional Detention Center in Beattyville, a release said.

Branham and Hunt’s arrests now make four suspects apprehended in connection with the June 3 double homicides of Davidson, 25, of Stanton, and Payton, 33, of Georgetown, in Wolfe County. They were allegedly shot to death.

Eugene Edward Wade Jr., 28, of Shelbyville, was apprehended June 8 in Dry Ridge. He is charged with two counts of murder, wanton endangerment and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.
Devante L. Hall, 24, of Dayton, Ohio, was apprehended July 29 in Montgomery County, Ohio. He was wanted on the same charges.
Authorities allege that the four suspects transported Payton’s body from Wolfe County to Mt. Sterling, where they rented a car and took the body to Jeffersonville. The body was found dumped beneath the Slate Creek Bridge at Bedford Road and Hwy. 213.

Davidson’s body was found near a cabin off Ky. 11 in Wolfe County.
Other media have reported that Branham and Hunt allegedly took Hall and Wade to Lexington and sprayed blood out of the car in Winchester before returning it to Enterprise.

Authorities say the slayings appear to be drug-related.

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