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Barbourville man charged and indicted with murder of his son

From The Times Tribune -

Paul Edward Phipps - KCDC

A Barbourville man accused of fatally shooting his son in May 2017 was indicted Friday by a Knox County grand jury. Paul Edward Phipps, 60, was named in a two-count indictment for charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence that allegedly occurred May 11, 2017.


On the date listed in the indictment, troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 11 began a death investigation after the body of a 33-year-old man, later identified as Charles Phipps, was found inside of a residence that had been burnt. The body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy, which showed that he had suffered an injury to the torso. The injury was determined to be a gunshot wound.


For more than a year the incident remained unsolved, until October 2018 when new information and evidence was received. According to police, a tip was received that it was the victim’s father who killed him.


Information provided to police from a witness claims that Paul Phipps lived next to his son and on the night of Charles Phipps death, the father walked over to his son’s residence to recover his 9mm pistol when a physical altercation allegedly broke out between the two. The witness stated that Paul Phipps was allegedly gone 15-20 minutes before multiple gunshots were heard.


Paul Phipps returned to his residence and his son’s home was soon fully engulfed with fire and smoke, according to information provided by the witness.


With the new information, police obtained a search warrant and executed it at Paul Phipps’ Dunaway Lane residence, where police allegedly found a severely burned 9mm pistol in his bedroom closet. He was soon arrested and charged with murder.

Current jail records could not be found for Paul Phipps.

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