Crime

Slayings of 3 men in Clark remain a mystery

WINCHESTER — Vickie Wilson says she doesn't have a clue why someone would kill three young Clark County men, including Clayton W. Edge, who was like a son to her.

"I was at the hospital when he was born," she said Tuesday while waiting on customers at Shoppers Market in Clark County, operated by Edge's grandfather, and where Edge sometimes helped out.

Edge, 23, Robert R. "Robbie" Reese, 24, and Dustin Allen Browning, 21, were found shot to death Sunday night at Clayton Edge's home on Pine Ridge Road in Clark County.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said Monday the deaths were being investigated as a triple homicide and investigators had identified people they were interested in talking to about the deaths. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday evening.

Edge, Wilson said, was always in a good mood, and he really lit up when he was around his daughter, Maddison, who was born in 2008.

"He loved fiddling with cars and trucks. He had his own lawn-care service. He loved dealing with those goats," she said, referring to Edge's occupation as a goat farmer. "He was a jack of all trades."

Reese, whom Wilson also knew, was "about like Clayton," she said.

"They were best friends."

Reese worked at Stanley Pipeline Inc.; Browning was a construction worker.

Edge, Reese and Browning attended George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. Edge and Reese were born in Clark County, and Browning was born in Montgomery County.

A check of court records in Clark County shows that the three had been ticketed over the years for traffic violations, including speeding, not wearing seat belts and loud mufflers on their vehicles.

Edge was charged in 2005 with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Edge's wife, Samantha, obtained an emergency protective order against him in July 2009, but the Edges were getting counseling, according to the Clark circuit clerk's office.

Edge moved to the little house on Pine Ridge Road in rural Clark County a couple of years ago, according to neighbors.

He gutted the house and began renovating it, Wilson said.

"It was beautiful on the inside. He was still working on the outside," she said of the gray vinyl structure with a red tin roof.

Neighbors said Edge was easygoing and friendly.

"If you needed anything, he was always there," said Mary Stamper, who lives across the road. "He mowed our yard a couple of times and didn't charge us for it."

Reese, she said, helped Edge with his goats.

"His goats used to get out all the time and come up here and eat my rose bushes," neighbor Virginia Stamper said, smiling.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Edge's survivors include his mother, Gay Edge; his father, Charles Thomas Edge; two brothers, Chris Edge and Kevin Edge; and his grandfather, Ron Johnstone.

Reese is survived by his parents, Carl and Crystal Reese; two sisters, Amy Reese and April Jako; and his grandmother, Irene Cornett.

Browning is survived by his father and stepmother, John and Angie Browning; his mother and stepfather, Roxie and Matthew Ray; a brother, Shane Browning; four step-brothers; and a step-sister.

Funeral services for Edge will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Scobee Funeral Home in Winchester. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Services for Reese will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Scobee Funeral Home. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Services for Browning will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals in Mount Sterling. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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