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Nephew of woman now charged with murder in the death of his aunt

Updated: 5 days ago

From the Kentucky State Police -

Derrick Adams - HCDC

UPDATE: On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Derrick Adams was served with an arrest warrant for the murder of Ms. Brashears. He is now being charged with one count of murder. Case continues by KSP

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On Monday June 29, 2020 at 8:40 p.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call about an assault involving a male and female in the Evarts community of Harlan County.

Troopers responded to the residence located off of Ky 38 and began an investigation.


The initial investigation indicates a verbal argument between 35 year old Derrick Adams of Evarts and his aunt, 56 year old Sherry Brashear also of Evarts, had occurred outside of a residence. Mr. Adams began physically assaulting her before he struck her in the head with a cinder block. Ms. Brashear was flown from the scene to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment.


Ksp Post 10 was notified Ms. Brashear succumbed to her injuries at 2:28 a.m. on June 30, 2020.


Mr. Adams was arrested at the scene and lodged into the Harlan County Detention Center for Assault 1st Degree. Additional charges are pending at this time.


Case is under investigation by Det. Andy Soltess.

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