Monday, February 1, 2010

Four-Year-Old Murder Case Resolved

A murder case which occurred along Highway 111 near the White and Putnam County line several years ago has now been resolved. The Sparta Expositor is reporting that 35-year-old Kenneth Miller of Hermitage has pled no contest to Facilitation of 2nd Degree Murder for his role in the killing of 33-year old Oulay Chantharack. White County Detective Chris Isom says that, in the plea, Miller acknowledged his involvement in conspiring to murder Chantharack over a drug deal gone bad. Chantharack’s body was found with no identification near Post Oak Bridge, between Highway 111 and Roberts-Matthews Highway, in the northern portion of White County in December of 2005. Authorities were able to identify the remains of Chantharack through a joint investigation with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cookeville City Police. Isom said language barriers added to the difficulty of the investigation because Chantharack’s family and friends are of Laotian descent, as were several witnesses involved in the case. He said Laotian gang members were also involved.