A Lewisport man has been charged in the December killing of an Owensboro man, who also lived in Lewisport as a child.
Brandon Lee Ress, 35, was arrested on Christmas Eve after Owensboro Police sent out an alert that he was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in Owensboro on the morning of December 23.
According to an OPD press release, at around 9:30 a.m. that morning officers responded to a shooting in the 1700 block of McCulloch Avenue.
Officers found Michael Shane Crowe, 49, who died on scene from a gunshot wound to the neck.
Shortly after a call went out over the police scanner that OPD was seeking Ress in connection with a homicide, and on Christmas Eve he was located and arrested by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy B.J. Burton on outstanding warrants and taken to Breckinridge County Detention Center in Hardinsburg where he remained as of press time.
Despite being charged with the murder on December 30, Ress remains in the Breckinridge County jail on charges of failure to appear and of receiving stolen property under $10,000.
Both men have ties to Hancock County and to Lewisport. In January 2020 Ress was reportedly living at 157 Curtis Street when a woman claimed he had stolen her car. That claim turned out to be false, but Ress and the woman were both arrested on drug charges, and Ress was charged for the theft of another vehicle found at the property.
Crowe lived with his family in Skyline Trailer Court on Highway 60 as a young boy before moving away.
Factual information on the shooting hasn’t been released yet, nor has a motive for the shooting, but a Facebook post by a woman who says she was friends with both men blames it on drugs.
“I do know they was best friends and this was something that was caused by addiction and dope…” the woman wrote on a post in which both men were tagged.
OPD public information officer Andrew Boggess said the process of charging and indicting Ress is being held up by COVID-19 restrictions in the Daviess County courts.
“Since he has been charged he will have an initial hearing in District Court but I do expect it to be sent to Grand Jury ultimately,” Boggess said in an email Tuesday. “With COVID restrictions though I’m not sure when the next Grand Jury will convene.”
The Daviess County Grand Jury has been canceled for December and January and will reconvene in February, at which time more information should be available.
By Dave Taylor