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Murder probe begins after beating death near Fulton

Murder probe begins after beating death near Fulton
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A severely-beaten man found near Fulton has died, prompting a murder investigation by Fulton County, Ky., authorities and the Kentucky State Police.
Derek Moore, 30, of Cunningham, Ky., located in Carlisle County, Ky., died Saturday as a result of injuries sustained in an apparent beating incident.
Moore was found severely beaten just before 2 a.m. Saturday on the side of U.S. Highway 51, just north of Fulton, according to the Kentucky State Police.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department reported someone called 911 about 1:50 a.m. and reported a man was lying on the side of the roadway in the area of the old weight scales. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene to find a man with life-threatening injuries.
Moore was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then transferred by helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville for treatment of injuries. He died there Saturday afternoon, the KSP reported.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of the KSP in investigating the incident.
“Kentucky State Police has initiated a murder investigation,” Trooper Dean Patterson, public affairs officer for KSP Post 1 in Mayfield, Ky., said Sunday.
KSP detectives are currently interviewing witnesses in the case and are being assisted in the investigation by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Fulton Police Department, Hickman County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Department, Clinton (Ky.) Police Department and Paducah (Ky.) Police Department.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Patterson said in a news release.
Anyone who has information — regardless of how minor they think it may be, according to authorities — about Moore’s death is asked to call the KSP hotline at 1-800-222-5555 or the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department at (270) 236-2545. Information may also be reported by calling the KSP at (270) 856-3721 or (270) 575-7045 or the nearest local law enforcement agency.
Published in The Messenger 9.26.11

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