Oct. 30, 2012 — Kentucky State Police have solved an Elliott County cold case.
The Elliott County grand jury has returned two indictments in the deaths of two men in 2008.
Elige Randolph and James “Bobby” Eden, both 35, are charged with the kidnappings and murders of Robert Boggs and Chris Leadingham.
On Jan. 2, 2008, Boggs was found at his home in Elliott County with a single gunshot wound to his head.
Two days later, On Jan. 4, Leadingham was found in the Gordon Ford area near Stark Ridge in Elliott County, also with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Kentucky State Police, in a joint investigation with Elliott County Sheriff Jimmy Stephens, were able to piece together information to present to the grand jury. Additional charges and arrests are pending in this case.
“They interviewed a bunch of people who had come in contact with these two subjects,” said KSP Public Affairs Officer Endre Samu. “They were able to gather information that tied the subjects in to the murders and that’s what was presented to the grand jury.”
Trooper Samu said this process took a long time to come together with enough evidence to get indictments.
“It’s a matter of paying attention to details,” Samu added. “You get a piece of information here and there by talking with people. The perpetrators will say something that may be insignificant to one person but not so to somebody else.”
In 2008, The Morehead News spoke with Boggs’ mother, Paulette, who believed the two deaths were related as soon as she heard about what happened.
She also said her son had recently received a large sum of money from an insurance settlement and that they were after the money.
Randolph is currently housed at the Marion County Detention Center on unrelated crimes. Eden is currently housed at the Daviess County Detention Center, also on unrelated crimes.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police in Morehead at 606-784-4127. The case remains under investigation by Detective D. McGraw.
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