Gunshot claims life

Lawrence Collinsworth
Lawrence Collinsworth

Two Corbin residents have been arrested in connection with a shooting Saturday in Gray, but it remains to be seen whether they will be charged with murder in the case.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Jacobs, public affairs officer at Post 10 in Harlan, said police arrested 33-year-old Lawrence Collinsworth and 33-year-old Jennifer Folgman on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. In addition, police served Collinsworth with a warrant charging him with parole violation.

Collinsworth and Folgman each pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday in Knox District Court.

Jennifer Folgman
Jennifer Folgman

According to the arrest citations, Collinsworth and Folgman were allegedly involved in a shooting on the Right Fork of East Creek Road that claimed the life of 26-year-old James Stanley Havens, Jr.

State Police were called to the scene about 12:45 a.m. where Knox EMS personnel were treating a male subject, later identified as Havens, that had been found shot and was lying in the roadway.

Havens was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Corbin where he was pronounced dead from the single gunshot wound.

Collinsworth admitted to police that he was in possession of the firearm at the time of the shooting.

“While being interviewed (Collinsworth) stated that he threw the firearm into a creek after the shooting occurred,” Detective Joshua Cox wrote in the arrest report.

In Folgam’s arrest citation, Cox stated that Folgam is the one that produced the firearm, handing it to Collinsworth just prior to the shooting.

“(Folgram) admitted knowledge of the firearm,” Cox stated in the citation.

Judge John Chappel ordered Collinsworth to be held without bond in the Knox County Detention Center. Folgman’s bond is set at $5,000.

The duo is scheduled to return to court at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

The Knox County Grand Jury met Monday and will not meet again until August 22.

Police may file additional charges or they may elect to present the case to the grand jury and see if an indictment is returned.

Trooper Shane Jacobs, public affairs officer at Post 10 in Harlan, said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possibly pending.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the state police in Harlan at (606) 573-3131, or toll-free at 1-800-222-5555.

You can also anonymously send information using the Kentucky State Police application which is available for smartphone and tablets. The application is titled ‘KSPOLICE’ and is available for free download in the apps stores for iPhone, iPad and Android phone users.

Callers may remain anonymous.

Detective Joshua Cox is continuing the investigation.