Times Journal

Posted July 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Indictments for murder were handed down on two men after a special session of the Russell County Grand Jury two weeks ago Friday.

28-year-old Christopher W. Allman of Jamestown has had added two additional charges, fetal homicide and persistent felony offender in addition to original charges of murder, robbery 1st degree, kidnapping, and tampering with physical evidence in the strangulation death of Sarah B. Hart of Jamestown on the morning of June 14, 2012, according to state police.

Bond was set at $1 million cash and an arraignment has been scheduled for Allman on July 10 in the Russell County Judicial Center. He remains housed in Russell County Detention Center.

45-year-old Charles Farmer of Ono was indicted in the same grand jury session Friday morning on a charge of murder in the April 17 shooting death of 43-year-old Daniel Shane Popplewell.

According to officials, Farmer shot Popplewell once in the upper chest with a .38 caliber pistol after a verbal, then physical altercation. The shooting took place inside Farmer’s residence in the Ono community.

Bond was set at $200,000 on Farmer and he remains lodged in Russell County Detention Center.

In other news:

A Russell County woman was found dead along Maynard Road in the Union Chapel Community around 6:30 a.m. a week ago Friday morning, June 22.

45-year-old Tracy Lynn Shelton was found alongside the road after apparently walking her dog.

An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday, June 23 at the State Medical Examiner’s Office but results had not been released as of yet, according to Deputy Coroner Troy Harris.

While state and local authorities are investigating the death, according to Harris it does not appear that foul play is suspected.


A Russell Springs man is charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief after allegedly breaking into the Russell County Farm Store.

Store owner Brian McElroy discovered the theft upon arriving at the store early last Saturday morning.

23-year-old Landon Emerson of Russell Springs was arrested at a residence near the store and a quantity of tools identified as being from the store was recovered.

Emerson was lodged in Russell County Detention Center and bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 property.