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Matthew Kelley, 29, of Grayson was indicted by the Carter County Grand Jury on the charges of Solicitation of Murder, a class B felony, and two counts of Solicitation of Murder – Police Officer, a class B felony. There is an active warrant for the arrest of Kelley, according to court records. Daily Independent File Photo.

GRAYSON – A man charged with murder in Carter County has been indicted on new charges alleging he attempted to solicit the killings of two state troopers and a third individual.

Matthew Kelley, 29, of Grayson, was originally charged in the shooting death of a family member in October of 2018, according to court records.

Court records show on July 12 Kelley was indicted by the Carter County Grand Jury on the charges of Solicitation of Murder, a class B felony, and two counts of Solicitation of Murder – Police Officer, a class B felony, according to court documents. 

Kelley allegedly encouraged another person to “engage in specific conduct which would constitute the crime of the murder, or attempt thereof, with the intention of promoting or facilitating the commission of that crime,” from April 22 through April 29, according to court records. 

Kelley allegedly sought an individual to commit the killings of two Kentucky State Police Post 14 officers, Detective Jeffery Kelley and Trooper Tyler Daniels, and one civilian, Connie Duncan. According to a press release sent out by KSP Post 14 the two officers are connected to a homicide case that Kelley was previously arrested on. 

“Mr. Kelley solicited to have Detective Kelley, Trooper Daniels and a witness, Connie Duncan, in the prior case murdered,” according to the press release. “In October 2018, Detective Jeffrey Kelley charged, Matthew Kelley, age 29 of Grayson, KY with murder, Trooper Tyler Daniels lodged Mr. Kelley in the Carter County Detention Center.”

A Carter County Justice Center clerk said there is an active warrant for Kelley's arrest. The case remains under investigation by Detective Samuel Lawson.

Kelley was previously arrested in the shooting death of a family member in October of 2018, according to court records.

The Kentucky State Police previously told The Daily Independent that Kelley was arrested in the shooting death of his grandfather-in-law, Bradley Duncan, 81, of Carter County.

Kelley has not been convicted on the charge of murder and the criminal court case is still ongoing, according to Carter County court files. Kelley was scheduled for a competency hearing before proceeding and there is not a scheduled court date, as of time of report.

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