By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. — Court records reveal that a Greenup County grand jury has indicted James W. Ratliff, 20, of South Portsmouth, Ky., and Kelly Fay Dummitt, 17, of Portsmouth, Ohio on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of 19-year old Mattie Conley, who was found lying in the road in the 10,000 block of KY SR 784 in September.
Ratliff and Dummitt, have both been charged with one count of first degree manslaughter, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of tampering with a witness. Additionally, Ratliff has also been charged with second degree manslaughter.
Ratliff was arrested and charged on Sept. 22 with second degree manslaughter and tampering with evidence in Conley’s death. Conley’s body was found lying on the 10,000 block of KY. SR 784 Sept.19, 2015.
Reportedly, on Sept. 19, 2015, Ratliff was driving a Polaris ATV with Conley as a passenger, when Ratliff’s former girlfriend, Dummitt began to chase Ratliff and Conley in a vehicle behind them. Cook said Ratliff and Dummitt told authorities that Conley jumped from the ATV while the vehicle was in motion
During a hearing held last month, Greenup County Deputy Bo Cook who has been investigating the case testified that Dummitt told witnesses she meant to kill Conley. Additionally, both Ratliff and Dummitt originally told authorities that Conley jumped off the ATV in fear, which conflicted with what investigators discovered after reconstruction of the scene.
Officials say Conley’s death appeared to be from a massive skull fracture.
Ratliff is being held on a$25,000 bond in the Greenup County Detention Center.
Dummitt’s case has been transferred to Greenup County Circuit Court where it was decided by a circuit judge that she will be tried as an adult. Both Ratliff and Dummitt are expected to arraigned on the charges next week.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.
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