Details of the apparently murder are sketchy with KSP releasing only a few official comments on the death. It is the first homicide recorded in Trigg County since the death of LaWarren O’Keefe Sims who was shot to death at a Cerulean night spot.
That incident took place on June 22, 2005.
Two men, Devron Wadlington and George “Kelly” Mayes were later convicted in that case..
The body of Choat was found at his home at 3017 New Hope Road on March 18 and Trigg County Coroner John Mark Vinson said that death occurred sometime within the previous two weeks.
“Rather than pin down the exact time and date of death, I’ll say at this point that we believe no one had any contact with him or observed any activity from him outside his home since March 8,” Vinson said.
The coroner said that a friend discovered Choat’s body late in the day on March 18. He said Choat had been shot multiple times, though neither Vinson nor the Kentucky State Police would specify the number of shots to strike Choat or the caliber of weapon used.
The KSP are also still seeking an unknown assailant who took the life of Chantell Humphries on June 24, 2002. Investigators have yet to solve that case.
Kentucky State Police Public Affairs officer Trooper Dean Patterson said that detectives at his post continued to devote time to the investigation of the Choat case. “They worked on it for most of the day on Saturday. Especially in unsolved cases, we don’t take days off.”
Patterson said that detectives in his post had conducted several interviews to learn more about the victim’s life. “We then cultivate leads, find people to talk to and bring the case to a satisfactory conclusion.” He added that KSP investigators have not identified any individuals as suspects in this case or a motive in the killing. Patterson also declined to comment when asked if Choat’s home showed evidence of forced entry.
Choat’s sister Glenda Herndon said that Choat’s girlfriend told her that she attempted to call him on March 9. “She had finished watching the races and called to tease him because his guy lost.”
Read the complete story on the death of Harvey Choat in the March 26 Cadiz Record.