Man charged with slashing throats

Joe Gibson
Joe Gibson

A motive is still unclear in a Knox County stabbing that sent two London residents the hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries.

Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan was notified of a stabbing Sunday, July 10 around 1 p.m. somewhere along Ky. 1803 in Knox County, approximately one mile from the Laurel County line. The victims were driven to a residence on Black Water Road in Laurel County after their throats were slashed.

The victims, Connie Smith, 52, and Randy Smith, 49, both of London, were flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center Sunday.

Charged with two counts of attempted murder was Joe Gibson, 35, of London. Gibson is the son of Connie Smith and the stepson of Randy Smith. Both Smiths were riding in the front seats of their car. It is unclear where Gibson was when troopers located and arrested him.

Kentucky State Police say the victims and the alleged perpetrator were under the influence at the time of the incident.

After their throats were slashed, the driver stopped the car, where Gibson exited the vehicle. The victims were then driven to the Black Water Road residence by Gibson’s uncle who was in the back of the car at the time. The uncle is reported to be Connie Smith’s brother.

Responding to the scene were Troopers Wayne Hensley and Frank Russell, assisted by Det. Bryan Johnson, Det. Jake Wilson and Sgt. Jason Joseph.

Gibson remains lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. Gibson was arraigned on Monday, July 11 is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing by Det. Johnson.