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Magoffin man wanted by KSP

PIKEVILLE – Last week Kentucky State Police released a wanted poster involving a Magoffin County man.

On Wednesday, April 28, KSP posted a wanted poster for Terry Porter, 57, of Magoffin County. The poster cites that Porter is wanted for auto theft out of Magoffin, noting that he is 5’11”.

“If you have any information on his location, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville at 606-433-7711,” the poster included.

KSP did not respond to requests regarding the case, but it is believed the wanted poster is related to a June 2020 homicide case.
According to earlier reports, on June 19, 2020, Kentucky State Police Trooper Kevin Newsome responded to a call reporting that the body of 78-year-old Jerold Arnett had been found in a driveway of Terry Porter’s residence on Roanne Creek Road off of Half Mountain Road in Magoffin County.

According to the warrant, while first responders were at the scene Porter was observed near a 1989 Toyota pickup owned by Jerold Arnett, which had been found parked and abandoned on the roadway. A witness told police he/she had not seen any other individuals near Arnett’s truck during that time.

Police also received information that Porter was operating what appeared to be Arnett’s Toyota pickup in Magoffin County on the day of Arnett’s death.

While no charges have been made publicly concerning Arnett’s death, Porter is currently facing the felony charge of theft by unlawful taking (auto), $500 or more but under $10,000.

While Porter was served with the warrant at the Eastern State Hospital in July, no court date has been scheduled in the case.

Arnett’s death was ruled a homicide and it is believed he died of an apparent gunshot wound.

The investigation, which remains open, is being led by KSP Detective Newsome. KSP has not released any further statements regarding the case since last June, though, at press time, Porter is still considered wanted by police.

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.

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