Two arrested, charged in murder of Jimmy Sidwell, Jr.

Posted October 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm


Two Clinton County residents were arrested and charged with the murder Sunday, October 27, 2013, of 19-year-old Jimmy Sidwell Jr. of Adolphus, KY.

Andrea M. Byler, 21 and Michael E. Thompson, 52, both of Albany, are charged with murder according to a police report issued by the Kentucky State Police.

The body of Sidwell was discovered Saturday and the initial call came into Clinton County dispatch around 1:22 p.m.

Albany Police Officers Jim Guffey and Brad Cross were first on the scene at 1:26 p.m. The body of Sidwell was found on Cody Lane, located behind Lee’s Famous Recipe.

“We were getting ready for the 5K Color Run and we were going over the route when we got the call,” Guffey said. “Myself and Officer Cross responded to the scene. The callers were putting a roof on a building and they saw a body under an abandoned trailer next to where they were working. We immediately cleared the area and started roping it off and securing the crime scene. We notified Ernest (Police Chief – Guffey) and Lyle (Assistant Chief – Pierce). Ernest showed up and started giving us directions from there.”

Guffey said he was in contact with Kentucky State Police Trooper David Long to see if there was a B.O.L.O. (Be On the Look Out) or a missing person report.

“The way the body was positioned, it was hard to determine the sex, weight and stuff like that,” Guffey said. “We didn’t want to touch the crime scene until someone got there who could take care of it.”

The Kentucky State Police Crime Scene Response team arrived at the scene and began their investigation.

“We went ahead and notified the coroner because you could tell right away that the body had been there for a day or so,” Guffey said. “We also determined that it wasn’t the initial crime scene because there just wasn’t any blood there. With the wounds the body had sustained, there would have been a lot of blood.”

According to the preliminary autosopy performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, the preliminary cause of death was determined to be from multiple stab wounds to the upper torso.

“After the state police arrived on scene, they took the scene over and we assisted from there, trying to identify who the person was, following up any leads, and questioning the people in the area,” Guffey said.

After the initial investigation Saturday, Byler and Thompson were arrested Sunday and lodged in the Clinton County Jail. KSP Detective Ricky Brooks is investigating.

Andrea M. Byler, 21, a suspect in the murder Saturday of Jimmy Sidwell, Jr., was escorted into the Clinton Circuit Courtroom Tuesday morning by Albany Police Sgt. Ricky Marcum, left, Clinton County Jailer Gene Ferrill and Clinton County Sheriff Rick Riddle.

Below, local and state officials are shown near the location where the body of Jimmy Sidwell, Jr. was discovered Saturday afternoon near Cody Lane in south Albany. Following the initial investigation Saturday, two local residents, Byler, and Michael E. Thompson, 52, were arrested in connection with the murder of Sidwell, and lodged in the Clinton County Jail.