Someone shot a 38-year-old man in front of his family member’s Oak Street home Saturday afternoon. Emergency workers found him with no pulse in the backyard where he collapsed.
Police believe the murder resulted from a failed drug deal. They identified a suspect Sunday evening but have not arrested anyone as of this morning.
The victim, Cory C. Trice, of Kenwood Drive, was pronounced dead at Jennie Stuart Medical Center later Saturday. He suffered two or three gunshot wounds, but it’s hard to tell whether one wound came from an entrance or exit, said Detective Chuck Inman, of the Hopkinsville Police Department.
Officials at the Kentucky State Police lab in Madisonville are conducting an autopsy on his body today.
Officers found two 9 mm shells at the scene, Detective Ben Walden said.
A witness said he saw a Chevrolet S-10 pickup drive up and stop, then heard the shots fired shortly thereafter. A neighbor, Doris Stepp, called 911 to report it at 4:30 p.m.
Officers taped off the area around three Oak Street houses Saturday. Large crowds assembled in the street, crying and shouting Trice’s nickname, Big Ike.
Detectives held a suspect in custody for about four hours Saturday while they investigated leads, but they released him after determining he wasn’t the shooter, Inman said.
Inman said investigators haven’t confirmed that the shooting followed a drug deal, but he said Trice’s background supports that suspicion.
Court files show Trice was charged in 1998 with possession of cocaine and marijuana, but the court later dismissed the cocaine charge. In 2004 he was charged with trafficking in marijuana and had it amended to possession.
He was arrested earlier this year on a possession of marijuana charge, and that case is still pending in Christian District Court.
The most recent arrest report lists his occupation as “misc. factory.”
Police asked that anyone with information on the shooting call Crime Stoppers at 270-887-TIPS.
Staff Writer Charlie McIntosh contributed to this report.
Nick Tabor can be reached at 270-887-3231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.