Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

July 10, 2013

Bond rejected in murder case, case linked to drug dealer

July 10, 2013 — A bond request was rejected Monday in the case of an Olive Hill man facing murder charges.

Kyle S. Holbrook, 20, of Olive Hill, was indicted in April by an Elliott County grand jury in the 2011 death of Paul Dillon (Nemo) Bryant, 19, also of Olive Hill.

Holbrook had requested a bond hearing at his arraignment in May after bond was not set in his case. He also is charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Defense attorney Brandon Music, who represents Holbrook along with Jeff Scott, indicated that another pretrial conference would need to be set in order to collect more discovery material.

The case will return to Elliott Circuit Court on Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon Ison called KSP Det. Toby Gardner, the lead investigator in the case, to the stand during the bond hearing.

Gardner, who took over the case in August of 2011, testified as to the severity of the crimes, revealing some information that was previously unknown.

Gardner said that Bryant had been killed with a .25 caliber handgun, which had never been recovered. He said Bryant had, according to witness statements, regularly carried a pistol of that caliber.

Gardner said that witness testimony also linked Bryant’s death to convicted drug dealer Francisco Camacho, Jr.

Camacho, 20, of Grayson, was indicted along with six others, in September 2012 for participating in a crime syndicate.

The indictment charged the seven with 20 separate offenses. According to the indictment, the defendants “conspired with each other and with others” to knowingly and intentionally distribute cocaine and oxycodone in Carter County.

Camacho pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and will serve 10 years.

Gardner testified on Monday that witnesses claim that Holbrook had been paid to bring Bryant to Camacho, and that Bryant had owed money to the dealer.

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