Kevil man and woman charged with assault in Ballard County

UPDATE: Kentucky State Police arrested two people they believe are responsible for an assault reported in McCracken County. 

KSP arrested Jerry Compton and Shranda Smith in Ballard County Friday. The two face multiple felony assault and drug charges. Robert Pena told McCracken County sheriff’s deputies he was assaulted on the side of the highway, but that turned out not to be true.

The sheriff’s office charged Pena with filing a false report, and turned the case over to Kentucky State Police. A Kentucky State Police spokesperson says they charged Compton with assaulting Pena. We don’t know exactly what happened, the sequence of events are part of an ongoing investigation.

But McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden says his patrol officers searched stretches of Interstate-24 for several hours; a detective investigated two to three days trying to figure out who assaulted Pena.

Hayden says this investigation tied up their time and resources. "We had a guy who reported that he stopped to help some folks who were broke down and basically was beaten and robbed, so we are concerned about that, obviously. The community is concerned about that," he says

A Kentucky State Police spokesperson told us Compton and Smith were in a relationship. As for whether any of the three will face more charges, police are still investigating.

A man and woman from Kevil have been arrested in connection to an assault in Ballard County.

On Monday, Kentucky State Police were called by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office on an assault in Ballard County.

The assault happened on February 19 and McCracken County had originally started an investigation but later determined that the assault actually happened in Ballard County.

Troopers began an investigation and obtained a search warrant for a home on County Line Road in Kevil.

Thursday morning, troopers served the search warrant and found a set of brass knuckles, three firearms, rifles, and two handguns in the home.

Trace amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and substantial amounts of ammunition was found in the home.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and KSP Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations detectives also seized six additional handguns and ammunition from a local business.

Troopers arrested 36-year-old Jerry Compton Jr. and 28-year-old Shranda Smith, both of Kevil.

Compton was charged with 2 counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, 1 count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree – methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was charged with complicity to assault 1st degree, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was also served an unrelated outstanding warrant from Graves County for bail jumping 2nd degree.

Both were taken to the Ballard County Jail.

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