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Bryant indicted in shooting incident

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By Larry Rowell

A Casey County man has been indicted, accused of shooting a man in the face and neck.

Marcus Austin Bryant, 21, was indicted May 1 in Casey County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree assault.

The shooting occurred about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 on Neff Road, off Ky. 1547.

According to Kentucky State Police, Bryant was arrested at 3 a.m. on Neff Road by Detective B. J. Burton and charged with first-degree assault in the shooting of Hunter Gillock.

Gillock was flown to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington where he was treated and later released.  

Bryant remains in the Casey County jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

Troopers executed a search warrant March 1 at Lauren Gillock’s residence on Neff Road.

The warrant states officers were looking for firearms, ammunition, spent 9mm shell casings, 9mm bullets, knives, blood splatters, including any clothing with blood stains, and swabs and fingerprints from Marcus Austin Bryant and Lauren Gillock.

Items seized included keys located in the yard, a live round under the porch, a Ruger 9mm pistol with 16 rounds in the magazine, and a spent shell casing in the house along with a projectile.

Other indictments include:

  • Leah S. Pollaro is charged with second-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 or under. The indictment states that on Jan. 28, 2017, Pollaro “wantonly abused an unnamed male who was then less than 12 years of age,” with the child’s actual age being just over 1 year old. The child ingested heroin, “thereby causing serious physical injury,” court records show.
  • John Jordan Patterson is charged in the same case as Pollaro — second-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 or under as well as possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Donald Andrew Ledford faces charges of first-degree sexual abuse in the alleged December 2015 sexual abuse of a female who was under 12 years of age. Ledford is also charged with use of a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, and two counts of first-degree persistent felony offender. Ledford is being held in the Casey County jail on a $250,000 cash bond. Two counts of possession of a controlled substance were dismissed.