Shipp, Gribbins plead not guilty to murder charges

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By Stephen Lega



Two man facing murder charges in connection with recent deaths in Marion County entered not guilty pleas Thursday in Marion Circuit Court.

Dewayne Shipp, 49, is facing charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the death of Marion County Deputy Anthony Rakes. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Cocanougher filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Shipp.

Rakes, 31, was shot and killed Nov. 14 after stopping to check on a vehicle that had stopped in the westbound lane of US 68. Rakes pulled over and reported the vehicle to the Lebanon Dispatch. Rakes gave the license plate number to dispatch, got out of his vehicle and the next thing he said was, "shots fired."

Rakes later died at Spring View Hospital during surgery. The preliminary autopsy results indicate that Rakes died from injuries sustained from two gunshot wounds located in the abdomen and upper torso area.

Shipp was arrested by Kentucky State Police and Campbellsville Police behind a McDonald’s in Campbellsville. Shipp, who had a gunshot wound on one of his legs, has been held in the infirmary at the Kentucky State Reformatory. It is not known when Shipp received that wound.

A trial date for Shipp has been scheduled for Sept. 23, 2013.

Bar owner murder trial set for August

Christopher Gribbins, 46, has pled not guilty to a murder charge in connection with the death of David Litsey Jr., 22, of Lebanon. Gribbins entered his plea Dec. 6 in Marion Circuit Court.

Litsey was shot around 1:21 a.m. Nov. 9 outside of the Raywick Bar and Grill, which Gribbins owns.  After the shooting, Litsey was transported to Spring View Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

According to court records, Gribbins "was identified as discharging a firearm that resulted in the death of David Litsey." The records continue to read that Gribbins was involved in beating another individual by using a firearm earlier in the night.

Gribbins and Michael Gibson, 48, of Raywick have both been charged with second-degree assault. The court records read that Gribbins and Gibson both caused physical injury to Phillip J. Franklin, 22, of Springfield by hitting him with a pistol.

Gibson was further charged with terroristic threatening for threatening to kill Franklin, according to the court records.

Gibson also pled not guilty during a court appearance Dec. 6.

Trials for Gribbins and Gibson have been scheduled for Aug. 26, 2013.

Gribbins remains in custody at the Marion County Detention Center. No bond has been set in his murder case.

Gibson's bond of $20,000 was posted Nov. 20.