Two accused in assault case

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SALYERSVILLE – Two are behind bars and facing charges for an alleged assault that occurred on July 19.

According to the warrant of arrest, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams was called out to an assault complaint on Patrick Drive on July 19. 

The victim had serious injuries to her face and she told police that Roy Gipson and Patricia Howard had come through the back door into her house, Howard pulled a knife out and cut her forehead. The victim told Detective Adams that Gipson pulled up a metal rectangle-shaped air conditioner vent from the floor and reached it to Howard, who then hit her in the face with the vent.

Adams noted in the warrant that there was blood on the floor and the knife and the vent were still inside the house.

On July 20, Gipson, 49, of Salyersville, was arrested on one second-degree assault charge (complicity), then on Monday, July 30, Howard, 44, also of Salyersville, was arrested on the same charge, which is a Class C felony.

At press time both are currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Gipson’s bond is set at $10,000 cash, and Howard was set to be arraigned on Wednesday, August 1, though the outcome of that hearing is not known at press time.

A preliminary hearing in Gipson’s case is scheduled for August 6 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.