Hazard man, woman face charges after attempted murder with brick, police say

kward1@herald-leader.comOctober 1, 2013 

A man and woman from Hazard were arrested Monday after police say the man tried to kill the woman's husband by beating him with a cinder block and throwing him into the Kentucky River.

Lt. Paul Campbell of the Hazard Police Department said Larry Yocom, 42, knocked Jeffrey Karr, 46, unconscious with his fist near the basketball courts in downtown Hazard on Monday afternoon.

Yocom then dragged Karr to the river and "tried to kill him with the brick," Campbell said.

He threw Karr in the river and tried to use the cinder block to sink Karr, but when that failed, Campbell said, Yocom pushed Karr out into the current.

Yocom is in a romantic relationship with Karr's wife, Teresa Karr, Campbell said.

He said that after the assault, Teresa Karr washed Yocom's clothing.

Police learned of the incident a few hours later, when Teresa Karr called police to report that she wanted someone removed from her apartment.

Campbell said that when officers arrived, the man Teresa Karr wanted thrown out told them in a "casual conversation" that he had seen Yocom try to kill Jeffrey Karr.

Campbell said police went to the scene and found "blood spatter" leading to the river.

"At that point, we knew that his story was legitimate," Campbell said.

After about 10 minutes, police found Jeffrey Karr on the opposite side of the river.

"He had a lot of injuries," Campbell said.

In addition to a black eye and what appeared to be a broken nose, Karr was suffering from "severe trauma to the head" and had what looked like skull fragments on his head, Campbell said.

Karr was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital but was released on Tuesday, Campbell said.

Yocom is charged with attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence. Teresa Karr, 47, faces a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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