Local man charged in stabbing death


Lauren Adams

MURRAY, KY -  Along Jones Sparkman Road there is a string of yellow police tape, a car headlight, even what appears to be a speaker.

While there is not much left at the scene of this accident, Kentucky State Police Trooper Dean Patterson says the car that ended up in this ditch Wednesday was one of the worst wrecks he has seen.

"The vehicle was pretty much destroyed," he remembered.

In fact, all three occupants were still inside when officers arrived, shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, Kayla Workman, 21, and passenger, Jayson Workman, 31, were pulled out in minutes.  The attention then turned to Herbert Scandell, 23, who was in the backseat.

"In our experience when you see someone slumped over, not moving, you pretty much expect them to be deceased," Patterson said of the scene.

But officers soon learned it was not the car accident that killed him- Scandell had been stabbed more than a dozen times.  In fact, a report reads, it appears he was stabbed shortly before the car accident.

"He had been stabbed in the neck, chest, and back. We knew right then it wasn't what it appeared to be."

Patterson also noted speed was a factor in the crash. He said the driver seemed in a definite rush, perhaps to get rid of Scandell's body. 

"It could have been an instance where they took the body somewhere and we would have tried to find the body or it would have take some time for somebody to recover it," he said.

State Police say the victim did know his assailants but further details are not yet being released.  

Jayson Workman was transported to Murray Calloway County Hospital for non life threatening injuries.  He was released Thursday morning and lodged in the Calloway County Detention Center.  He has been charged with complicity to commit murder.  Kayla Workman was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.  She remains there, with what K-S-P call "serious injuries."

Investigators are expected to file more charges.