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Man indicted for allegedly stealing dead man’s truck

SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County man was arrested last week following an indictment handed down in March in relation to an alleged theft of a vehicle.

Terry Porter, 59, of Roanne Road, Salyersville, was indicted in March by a Magoffin County grand jury, but his indictment was not available to the public until his arrest warrant could be carried out by law enforcement. Porter was arrested on June 8 by Salyersville Police Department Officer Adams, and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he was released later that same day, pending future court dates.

Porter is facing the charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition/auto (a Class D felony). According to the indictment, on or about June 19, 2020, Porter allegedly exercised control over movable property of another person.

According to earlier reports, on June 19, 2020, Kentucky State Police responded to a call reporting that the body of 78-year-old Jerold Arnett had been found in the driveway of Porter’s residence on Roanne Creek Road, off of Half Mountain Road in Magoffin.

According to the warrant issued previously, while first responders were still 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 truck in Magoffin County on the day of Arnett’s death.

Porter is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Magoffin County Circuit Court today, June 15, at 10 a.m.

No charges have been made publicly concerning Arnett’s death, but it was ruled a homicide and investigators reported he died of an apparent gunshot wound.

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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