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ALERT ISSUED BY KENTUCKY STATE POLICE FOR WANTED MURDER SUSPECT

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Kentucky police are seeking a murder suspect who allegedly cut off his ankle monitor yesterday and drove off with another man in a pickup truck.

James W. Gentry Jr., age 46, was awaiting trial in the 2018 shooting death of 35-year-old Keith “Joey” Hayes. The victim was found with several gunshot wounds in late November in Christian County.

He was expected back in court yesterday but ran off.

Gentry is described as a Caucasian male standing 6’ tall and weighing about 170 pounds. His last known location was at the intersection of Coxmill and Wooldridge roads in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

He was wearing dark pants and a red shirt or jacket. Surveillance video showed him walking with another man before getting into a dark-colored, four-door pickup truck at a Circle K gas station.

State police later said he may have gotten into a gold Buick Regal headed south.

Gentry is considered dangerous and may be armed. In addition to the murder charge, he has also been charged with robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anyone with information on Gentry is asked to call Hopkinsville police at 270-890-1300 or Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721. Anonymous tips can be made at 1-800-222-5555.


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