Man Indicted In Martin Co. Triple Murder

Posted at 3:11 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 15:11:00-04

INEZ, Ky. (EKB) — A West Virginia man has been charged with murder and robbery, following a triple murder discovered at an abandoned strip mine in Martin County back in March.

Lance J. Ward, 27, of Williamson, was indicted by a Martin County grand jury today.

Kentucky CourtNet indicates he is charged with three counts of murder and one count of robbery. A warrant has been issued for Ward’s arrest, but he is currently being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail in West Virginia.

On March 23, the bodies of Micah Sammons, 20, Dereck L. James, 26, were found at Goff Hollow, along Route 292 in Martin County, near the Pike County line. A third person found at the scene — Amber Lockard, 31, died five days later.