Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

December 18, 2013

Surprises abound in manslaughter trial

Dec. 18, 2013 — A jury trial began last Tuesday in the case of Clifford “Boomer” Cathey, the Grayson man accused of manslaughter in the 2012 New Years' Day beating death of Heath Toney.

Throughout one day of jury selection and two and a half days of testimony, stories changed, a star witness accused the prosecution of intimidation, and the accused rejected a plea agreement.

Madeline Couvertier, who was Toney's girlfriend at the time of his death, was the first to take the stand.

She testified that she had been at a party in her home with Toney on New Year's Eve. After ringing in the new year, they had gone with friends to pick up Cathey and Brian Rice.

Couvertier testified that Cathey and Toney had immediate tension because Cathey had been “disrespectful and flirtatious.”

She testified that Rice had tried to diffuse the situation between Cathey and Toney and that he (Rice) had accompanied the couple and another woman, Margaret Nelson, on a walk after a confrontation at the party.

During the walk she and Toney began arguing, she told the jury, at which point they were approached by Cathey.

According to Couvertier, Rice “sucker punched” Toney and then Cathey kicked him in the head.

“Heath looked at Brian and said 'really dude?',” Couvertier said, breaking down in tears. “Those were the last words he ever spoke. When Mr. Cathey kicked him in the head, Heath made the most God-awful sound I have ever heard in my life and he never woke up.”

Couvertier said Toney was kicked a second time, but couldn't say for sure which man dealt the blow.

“I put my body over his to try and keep them from hurting him more,” she said. “He was convulsing and making a horrible noise. After the second kick I looked up and they were both running away.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 16 indicted by Carter grand jury

    Indictments of 16 persons have been handed down by a Carter County grand jury. Although 11 of those were processed June 27, the documents were released Monday to the Journal-Times.

    July 23, 2014

  • Wreck4.JPG Wreck leaves trail of gravel

    Members of Carter County Emergency Management, Norton Branch Fire Department, Kentucky State Police
    and Carter County EMS responded to an overturned truck Monday afternoon.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rex Collins.JPG Package liquor sales begin in Grayson

    It took more than a year, an investment of about $750,000, and a lot of paperwork but packaged liquor went on sale last Thursday in Grayson.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Star Elementary renovation underway

    Ongoing renovation of Star Elementary School was one of the main topics of conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Carter County Board of Education.

    July 23, 2014

  • Standout Youth Rally

    The third annual Standout Youth Rally will take place this weekend at the Olive Hill Shrine Park. The Christian praise and worship experience is free and includes admission, food, camping and entertainment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Stage lighting welcome at renovated OHHS

    Performers at the Olive Hill Arts and Education Center, previously known as Olive Hill High School, eventually will be highly visible to their audiences in the future, thanks to help from the Carter County Community Fund (CCCF).

    July 23, 2014

  • Olive Hill fire chief to step down

    Olive Hill Fire Chief Wes Gilliam has informed the Journal-Times that he will resign from his position effective July 31.

    July 23, 2014

  • DSC_9807.JPG Beer on sale in Olive Hill

    Malt beverage sales began in Olive Hill last Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • store.jpg Packaged liquor sales begin this week

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_7242.jpg Rodeo rides again at Carter County Fair

    After three years with no rodeo, the bucking broncos will return to the Carter County Fair this Thursday and Friday.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Poll