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December 30, 2013

Crime of passion: Stabbing case goes to grand jury

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — It was a bloody scene that Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis described during a preliminary hearing on Monday involving the stabbing death of a Laurel man earlier this month.

Loomis took the stand in Laurel District Court to testify in the case against Benham resident, Hubert D. Lewis, who is charged with the murder of Clinton Ray Howard on December 12.

Howard was found lying in the kitchen floor of his mobile home on Campbell Road in southern Laurel County with a trail of blood leading from a bedroom where he was stabbed.

Loomis said the investigation revealed Howard had been cut twice while lying crossways on his bed, but had scooted off the bed and went to the kitchen before collapsing on the floor.

Loomis said a female witness was present in the home at the time of the stabbing death and called 9-1-1. But the witness’s story of her location at the time of the incident conflicted and she later changed her story.

“She said she was bathroom, but later she said she was in bed with the victim when the stabbing occurred,” Loomis testified. “She said she had promised sex for money to Mr. Howard.”

The female’s shoes were found beside the air mattress that Howard was using as a bed and her bare footprints were found leading from the bed through the hallway — evidence that she had indeed been in the bedroom at the time of the stabbing. Loomis said the shoes had blood on the top rather than the bottom as they would have had if she had worn the shoes into the bedroom after the stabbing incident.

Loomis added the witness said her mother drove her and her boyfriend, Hubert D. Lewis, to Howard’s home that day.

“She said she had had an ongoing sexual relationship with (Howard) since she was 14 years old,” Loomis added.

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