Suspect in Eastern Kentucky shooting in custody, charged with murder, attempted murder

Published 6:17 am Monday, April 5, 2021

A Kentucky man wanted in a Friday night shooting that killed one person and left another person injured was taken into custody Saturday afternoon,

Kentucky State Police report that Chester Adams, 49, of Viper, was arrested and charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Adams is accused of shooting Nancy Smith, 63, of Viper, and Timothy Bailey, 41, of Booneville.

The shooting was reported just before 7 p.m. Friday on Slick Ford Road in the Viper community in Perry County, state police said. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, while Bailey was taken by helicopter to a medical facility for treatment, state police said.

State police said Adams left before law enforcement officers arrived, and they sent out a news release earlier Saturday, saying they were searching for Adams, who was considered armed and dangerous.