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Husband in assault case due in court

BY HAWKINS TEAGUE The Mayfield Messenger

MAYFIELD -- A Carlisle County man accused of trying to kill his estranged wife is due back in Graves Circuit Court on May 1.

Brady Ray, 48, of Arlington, was arrested near Nashville, Tennessee, on Jan. 31. On Feb. 9, a Graves County grand jury indicted Ray on charges of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief (in violation of an emergency protective order/domestic violence order).

Commonwealth Attorney David Hargrove said he moved quickly to get the indictment last month to avoid waiting until another grand jury was scheduled to meet in April. He said the commonwealth wanted to get the case to the grand jury as soon as possible because of the seriousness of the charges.

Ray, a former Mayfield resident, is being represented by Mayfield attorney Dennis Null. Null pleaded not guilty on Ray's behalf during his arraignment in Graves Circuit Court Monday, and Judge Tim Stark set a pretrial conference for 9 a.m. Monday, May 1.

The Graves County Sheriff's Office was called to the residence of Ray's estranged wife just after 4 a.m. Jan. 31, Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said. Redmon said Ray broke into the house and assaulted the woman, "hitting her several times with a hammer."

The victim and a child were able to lock themselves in a bedroom and escape out the window and run to a neighbor's house to get help, Redmon said. Ray allegedly chased the two of them, but left when the neighbor came outside with a gun after hearing the woman's screams.

Ray was arrested in Nashville several hours later after the sheriff's office received a tip about his whereabouts. Redmon said Ray and his wife separated in November and she filed for an emergency protective order around the same time.

In other court news, arraignments for Wesley Mills and David Clymer were continued to 9 a.m. March 27. Mills faces two charges of conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud - commonly referred to as "doctor shopping" - and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. Clymer faces two counts of conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and two counts of theft of identity without consent. All offenses are felonies.

The Kentucky State Police said the men were charged after a months-long investigation by narcotics investigators.

During the summer of 2016, KSP Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations received a complaint from the Kentucky Office of the Inspector General involving Mills, a local dentist, and David Clymer, both of Mayfield, police said. Mills and Clymer turned themselves in at the Graves County Jail on Feb. 22.

In a related but separate case, a McCracken County grand jury recently returned two additional counts against Mills for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

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