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Trigg man found shot to death

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008 12:00 am

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Trigg County man who was found shot in his home.

Harvey Choat, 64, of New Hope Road, was found dead Tuesday. He had multiple gunshot wounds, said Coroner John Mark Vinson.

Choat was retired and lived alone in a house he built himself near his childhood home, said a neighbor, Freddie Darnell. Choat’s residence is located in southeastern Trigg County between Kentucky 139 and Roaring Springs Road.

Darnell said he last saw Choat within a few days of the March 7 snowstorm.

"He was on his porch when I went to the mailbox," Darnell said. "I waved at him, and he waved at me. I think that was the last time I saw him."

Choat grew up in Trigg County and had later moved to Florida. He returned several years ago on a part-time basis and began building his home, said Darnell.

"He was a very good neighbor," he said. "He was very friendly. He kept on eye on things when we were away."

State police issued a news release about Choat’s death two days after he was found. An autopsy was done Wednesday at the medical examiner’s office in Madisonville.

"The manner of death was determined to be homicide and the cause of death was attributed to gunshot wounds," Trooper Dean Patterson said in a news release. A police spokesman declined to release more details.

Apparently, a relative or friend went to check on Choat after he didn’t answer phone calls, said Darnell. The neighbor said he didn’t know if anything was stolen from Choat’s house.

Choat liked to tinker with old trucks, cars and motorcycles. He had done vehicle body work in Florida, said Darnell, who had known Choat since childhood.

Funeral arrangements for Choat are incomplete at Goodwin Funeral Home. Vinson said Thursday that Choat’s two daughters, who live in Florida, were their way to Cadiz to make arrangements.

Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to contact state police at 1 (800) 222-5555 or (270) 856-3721.

Jennifer P. Brown can be reached at 887-3236 or at jpbrown@kentuckynewera.com.

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