A Laurel County constable was indicted Friday on second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting death of a Clay County man.

Bobby Joe Smith, 37, was named in a one-count indictment for the March 4 shooting death of Brandon Stanley, 30,  of Manchester.

Smith was present with his attorney, Conrad Cessna, in Laurel Circuit Court Friday morning to answer to the indictment. Cessna entered a not guilty plea on Smith’s behalf and requested that Smith be allowed until 4:30 p.m. Friday to post $50,000 fully secured or $100,000 property bond. That bond was posted in the Laurel Circuit Clerk’s office at 10:30 a.m. Smith is now set to appear for a pretrial hearing on March 28.

The indictment stems from an incident in which Smith was attempting to serve a warrant on Stanley. According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office who investigated the incident, Smith had attempted to serve the warrant on Stanley several days prior but Stanley fled. 

On the evening of March 4, Smith received information that Stanley was at A & B Market at the intersection of Ky. 3094 and Ky. 3434 (Old Richmond Road) in East Bernstadt. Smith reportedly went inside the store to serve the warrant. Smith allegedly then shot Stanley twice - with one shot being a “direct hit to the chest,” according to Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling. 

According to an article in the March 10 edition of the Manchester Enterprise, Stanley had been indicted by a Clay County grand jury the day prior on charges of bail jumping and persistent felony offender. The article states that Stanley “failed to appear in Clay County court for sentencing on a felony charge on January 4 (2016).”

The article further states that a warrant for Stanley’s arrest was issued by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office with a bond of $75,000.

Assisting in the investigation into the shooting death was Laurel County Sheriff John Root, Detective Kevin Berry, Detective Jason Back, Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, Capt. Chuck Johnson, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele and Constable Chris Webb as well as Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling.

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