Officials investigate Ky. murder, 2 charged

Officials investigate Ky. murder, 2 charged

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Harlan Co. Detention Center - Jody Cooper Harlan Co. Detention Center - Jody Cooper
Harlan Co. Detention Center - Justin Miller Harlan Co. Detention Center - Justin Miller

BAXTER, Ky. (WATE) -  Kentucky State Police are investigating a murder after they found the body of a man in a yard.

Officials responded to a call in reference to a possible murder around 10 p.m. Saturday on the 1400 block of Highway 522. A caller said his brother might have shot and killed a man in Baxter.

When police arrived, they found 30-year-old Damiano Delany deceased in the yard. 

Authorities say it appears the victim had been shot multiple times inside the residence.

Two suspects dragged the body out into the yard, and that is when police arrived.  The suspects were arrested at the scene and transported to the Harlan County Detention Center.

Jody Cooper, 25, has been charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and robbery.

Justin Miller, 28, has been charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Delany's body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing, but police believe the murder might be drug-related.

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