A Ledbetter man accused of murder in the slaying of a Livingston County teenager was indicted Wednesday, court officials said.
Livingston Commonwealth's Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins said Tyler Jones, 19, was indicted on one count each of murder, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree burglary in the death of 15-year-old Peyton Hurt, of Boaz.
Jones is accused of shooting Hurt in the head at close range at a party on Cindy Drive the night of June 9.
Kentucky State Police Detective Eric Fields testified at a preliminary hearing last month that five witnesses said they saw Jones shoot Hurt, who was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
In his testimony, Fields referenced video taken after the shooting, which he said includes Jones asking "where did I shoot her at."
The video also shows people telling Jones to find the gun he had thrown away so he can wipe his fingerprints off of it.
State police said in warrants filed shortly after the incident that Jones and his fiancee, Alexis Johnson, were the only two left at the scene when police arrived, and that both initially said the shot came from the woods.
Johnson was charged with hindering apprehension, and was also indicted Wednesday, Ovey-Wiggins said.
If convicted of murder, Jones could face life in prison or 25-50 years.
His case does not meet the aggravating factors necessary to pursue the death penalty.
Fields determined from witness statements the shooting occurred after Hurt said something that caught Jones in a lie he had told to Johnson, he said at the preliminary hearing.
Warrant affidavits claim Jones was observed in a "fit of rage" before the shooting, and that the party included drugs and alcohol.
The burglary charge stems from the allegation that Jones went into his grandfather's house and used the man's gun to shoot Hurt.
The party began at Jones' nearby house and later moved to the home of his grandfather, who was not home at the time, prosecutors said previously.
Both Jones and Johnson are due to appear in court on Aug. 15.