Suspect arrested in fatal Lee County stabbing

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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. – The 39-year-old suspect in Sunday’s fatal stabbing of a Lee County man has been arrested, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Jason Smith, of Beattyville, was arrested following a tip that led investigators with Beattyville Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office to his location.

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He is charged with murder and Wednesday remained in the Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County, according to a KSP release.

He is charged with stabbing 53-year-old James Allen to death during a dispute at about 5 a.m. Sunday at a home on Lone Branch Road in Lee County, the KSP said in an earlier release.