Double Murder Investigation in Lawrence County

(Ashland, KY) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland is seeking the public's assistance for any information related to the murders of Lois and Michael Gartin of 1234 Knob Branch in Lawrence County.

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 6:14 PM, The Kentucky State Police Post 14, Ashland, received a report stating Lois C. Gartin, age 79, and Michael Gartin, age 52, of 1234 Knob Branch, Blaine, KY, had been located at the residence and were deceased.

Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation. During the course of the investigation it was determined both individuals had sustained fatal gunshot wounds.

In addition to the murders, a 2003 Jeep Liberty belonging to Lois Gartin had been stolen from the residence by Stanley Webb, Jr. (a relative of Lois and Michael Gartin.)

Information and evidence was recovered which led to the following development:

On April 2, 2016, arrest warrants were obtained on Stanley Webb, Jr., age 47, of Logan, OH, for the following:

  • Theft by Unlawful Taking Automobile
  • Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
  • On Sunday April 3, 2016, at approximately 3:26 PM, Stanley Webb, Jr. was located and arrested by Columbus Ohio Police Department.  (At this time a photograph of Stanley Webb is currently not available).

    The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to the murder of Lois and Michael Gartin. Callers may remain anonymous and can call the Kentucky State Police at 606-928-6421.

    The following agencies responded and assisted with the investigation: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Lawrence County Coroner's Office.

    At this time the investigation is ongoing by Detective David Boarman.

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