Fourth person arrested in double murder case

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Talmadge Branham, of Jeffersonville, arrested 8-23-16 in double murder case

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police say a fourth person was arrested in connection to a double murder from earlier this summer. Investigators say 26-year old Talmadge Branham, of Jeffersonville, was arrested this morning in Montgomery County.

State Police say he is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the deaths of 25-year old Brandy Davidson, of Stanton, and 33-year old Devin Payton, of Georgetown.

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31-year old Carla Hunt, of Owingsville, was arrested August 20, and charged with the same offenses as Branham, according to KSP.

24-year old Devante Hall, of Dayton, Ohio, was arrested July 29 for his reported role in the double murder, according to investigators.

28-year old Eugene Wade, Junior, of Shelbyville, was arrested June 8. He was charged with two counts of murder, wanton endangerment and two counts of tampering with physical evidence, according to State Police.

Investigators say Brandy Davidson’s body was found June 4 in Wolfe County in a wooded area near a rental cabin off of KY 11. Devin Payton’s body was found in Montgomery County.

According to reports, Payton was shot after getting into a fight at the cabin, where Branham and Hunt were with him along with Hall and Wade.

Investigators say Branham and Hunt are accused of washing blood out of a rental car that was used to move Payton’s body from Wolfe County to Montgomery County.

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