Kentucky State Police said Monday the assault charge from a Saturday shooting in Ledbetter will be amended to murder after the victim died Sunday evening from her injuries.
Peyton Nicole Hurt, 15, of Boaz died at Baptist Health iPaducah after being shot at a party in Ledbetter Saturday, according to Trooper Jay Thomas. She was reportedly kept on life support until her organs could be donated.
Tyler P. Jones, 19, of Ledbetter was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree assault. KSP announced Monday that it would seek to change that charge to murder.
Alexis Johnson, 20, of Paducah – Jones' fiancee – was charged with hindering apprehension Saturday. She is alleged to have given false statements to officers at the scene about the shooting, later giving statements that matched with those from other witnesses.
Jones is being held in McCracken County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond, and a jail official said that bond may change, pending the new charge. Johnson was released from the jail on a $2,500 cash bond. Release on bond for both is conditional on them not violating any laws, making all scheduled court appearances and having no contact with each other.
According to the police report, state police were called at 8:09 p.m. Saturday to a shooting at a residence on Cindy Drive in Ledbetter. Four witnesses reportedly identified Jones as the shooter. One person alleged that Jones had a dispute with Hurt about him cheating on Johnson. Jones reportedly gave "multiple versions of events" to officers that were inconsistent with other witness statements.
Jones is scheduled to be arraigned in Livingston Circuit Court today. Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.