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Middlesboro man serving time in Leslie County charged in the death of former firefighter

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A man already jailed in Leslie County for previous charges was served a criminal complaint warrant for his part in the death of a former Middlesboro firefighter earlier this year. On Sunday, January 3, 2021, 30-year-old Samuel Alan Farmer died from what was determined by forensics to be a drug overdose.


After his investigation and a first-of-its-kind offense in Southeast Kentucky, Middlesboro Police Sgt. Barry Cowan charged state inmate 25-year-old Blake Davis of Middlesboro with Manslaughter – 2nd degree.


Davis has been charged under amended 2019 Kentucky Revised Statute 507.040 1 (c) for: “unlawfully distributing for remuneration of a Schedule I or II controlled substance when the controlled substance is the proximate cause of death.” In Kentucky, Manslaughter in the second degree is a Class C felony that carries a sentence of five to ten years imprisonment.

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Throw Away
Throw Away
Aug 11, 2021

Whoever wrote this did so with no respect to Sam Farmer or his loved ones. You chose to openly write what an autopsy revealed when such things ought not be blasted all over the internet. Did you not consider the feelings of his family? Do you think his mother and father would want this posted all over everywhere? They lost their son 8 months ago at a young age under terrible circumstances, and now they must relive it, knowing what is being said about their son. Did they know it? I’m sure. Did they want everyone else to know it? I’m sure not. Being in a small town in Appalachia, everybody knows everybody, and I’m sure just the way the…

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Tyson Andrew Johnson
Tyson Andrew Johnson
Aug 11, 2021
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Unfortunately, the nature of this crime makes the underlying death a matter of public record. In other words, we as a society should not tolerate a headline like "man charged with murder and we can't tell you why" so the underlying "why" of the matter has to be subject to public scrutiny. Drug abuse is embarrassing. But public justice trumps hiding dirty family secrets.

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