A man suspected of murdering a man in the Volga community of Flat Gap has turned himself in, according to statements by both the Kentucky State Police and the man’s attorney.
According to the statements, Walter Lee Curtis, 50, of Flat Gap, turned himself in to authorities on Friday, Sept. 7.
Curtis’ arrest stems from an investigation which began when KSP Post 9 responded to a call on Aug. 27 from Johnson County 911 dispatch of a person who had possibly been shot, and the person who called them was unable to advise who the shooter was.
Upon troopers’ arrival, the statement said, it was determined Mike Jones, 58, of Flatgap, was dead at the scene, possibly due to a gunshot. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Johnson County Coroner’s office, according to the statement.
An arrest warrant was issued for Curtis on Aug, 29, according to the statement from KSP, who said Curtis had not been located and urged that anyone with information as to his whereabouts contact them.
On Sep. 7, Curtis contacted Johnson County Jailer Doug Saylor, stating that he would “turn himself in to him,” according to the statement. Curtis was located around the area of the “highway garage” on Ky. 172 and was taken into custody “with no incident,” the statement said. He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
“Today, Walter Lee Curtis, voluntarily sought out and relinquished himself to the custody of Johnson County Jailer, Doug Saylor and the Kentucky State Police,” said Curtis’ attorney, Kimberly Osborne O’Bryan. “He did so with absolute confidence in the judicial process and is anxious for the entire truth of the incident to come to light.”
A preliminary hearing in Curtis’ case is set for Sept. 12, according to court records, and he is still lodged at the BSRDC as of presstime Tuesday.