Henry County men arrested after Smithfield murder on Tuesday

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By Taylor Riley

This story is developing. Editor's note: A previous version of this story said Gregory Heightchew was arrested for murder. Clarification: Heightchew's charge is murder with a supplementary code of attempt, according to KSP.


One Smithfield man was arrested on Tuesday for murder and another Bethlehem man was arrested for tampering with physical evidence.

Gregory Heightchew, 20, was booked at the Oldham County Jail at around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on one count of murder, with a supplementary code of attempt and one count of wanton endangerment.

According to a court document obtained on Tuesday, the dispute began around 7:30 p.m. Monday at Lake Jericho Road in Smithfield, involving Heightchew, Marcus Pinion and Elijah Creekmore involving  an alleged burglary. During the argument, Heightchew retrieved a handgun and pointed it at Marcus Pinion's head, attempting to shoot three times but the safety was on. Heightchew then disengaged the safety and fired five rounds. Pinion and Creekmore then ran from Heightchew, according to the document.

Pinion was not struck, but Creekmore has not been found at this time, according to police.  A missing person's report was filed for Creekmore on Monday around the same time as the shooting, according to police. However a body was found by a construction worker on Tuesday in a burned vehicle that Creekmore drove to the scene. 

KSP Information Officer Stephen Dykes said Wednesday that the body in the burned vehicle was found around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday on Six Mile Creek Road in Lockport. The male body was in such gruesome shape that it could not be identified. The victim's dental records and DNA are now being processed in Louisville.

Dykes said KSP hopes to make a positive identification by the end of the week. He said police do not know if these two cases are connected.

Joshua Jackson, 22, of Bethlehem was booked into the Oldham County Jail around 12 a.m. Wednesday on one charge of tampering with physical evidence.

A police citation states Jackson was at his friend's home, where the shooting took place, and he fled and returned to his mother's home. Jackson's mother reported he burned his clothes outside the home and when she asked why, he told her "she didn't want to know."

Jackson then took a shower using alcohol on his body and returned to his bedroom. His mother overheard him say something about someone "smoking somebody."

Heightchew is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. The two men will appear in court next on October 15 . We will continue to keep you updated on this story.