Crime

Police release identities of two found dead, seek help finding suspects

Devante L. Hall
Devante L. Hall

State police have released the names of a man and woman found dead over the weekend in Wolfe and Montgomery counties and are asking for help in finding two men wanted in connection with their killings.

The body of Brandy N. Davidson, 25, of Stanton, was found Saturday in Wolfe County, and the body of Devin J. Payton, 33, of Georgetown, was found in Montgomery County, according to a news release from state police.

Eugene E. Wade Jr., 28, of Shelbyville, and Devante L. Hall, 24, of Dayton, Ohio, are considered suspects in the deaths, state police said in a news release.

WKYT-TV reported that a fisherman found Payton’s body Saturday afternoon under the Slate Creek Bridge near Bedford Road.

The investigation led police to a cabin off Ky. 11 in Wolfe County, where they found the body of the woman, later identified as Davidson, in a wooded area outside, Wolfe County Coroner Frank Porter said Monday.

Talmadge Branham, 25, of Jeffersonville, and Carla Hunt, 31, of Salt Lick, have been charged with tampering with physical evidence in connection with the case.

The pair are accused of washing blood out of a rental car that was used to move Payton’s body from Wolfe County to Montgomery County. WKYT reported that he was shot after getting into a fight at the cabin, where Branham and Hunt were with him and two other men.

WKYT reported that Branham and Hunt are accused of taking the other two men to Lexington and spraying the blood out of the car in Winchester before returning it to Enterprise in Mount Sterling.

State police said Wade and Hall should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call state police at (606) 784-4127.

State police said they have been investigating the case in conjunction with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

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