Two brothers were arrested Tuesday after admitting to using blood from a stray dog they killed to stage a crime scene, according to media reports.
Martin County Sheriff deputies found Fred Daniels who was hit with a crowbar four times in the road near his home in Tomahawk about 4 a.m. Sunday, according to WSAZ. Daniels said the suspects stole his truck after the assault, WSAZ reported.
Later that morning, brothers, Jeffrey Spence, 26, and Casey Spence, 19, both of Tomahawk, allegedly went back to their home on Orville Road and created a crime scene, according to WYMT.
They told investigators that Daniels showed up at their home with a shotgun, according to court documents. They said Daniels shot at a wall and assaulted them, and Casey Spence hit Daniels with a crowbar in self-defense, WYMT reported.
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The brothers told the sheriff’s office that a hole in the wall was from a shotgun blast, but investigators determined the hole was not made by a gunshot, according to court documents. The brothers admitted that they lied about the incident and Daniels did not fire at them, the court documents said.
Blood throughout the home was staged to look like it came from Daniels, but the brothers eventually said it was dog blood, according to WSAZ.
The brothers were arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking (motor vehicle), falsely reporting an incident and resisting arrest. They are being lodged at Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Deputies told WSAZ that the incident is part of an ongoing feud between the brothers and Daniels.
Daniels was taken to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center and transferred to Pikeville Medical Center. He had to have around 50 staples according to WYMT.