Edward Whitledge and Tennessee woman sought by law enforcement


A man with ties to Taft and a Tennessee woman are being sought in a connection with a double murder in Kentucky.

Edward Paul Whitledge, 29, is charged with two counts of murder and Kayla Spivey, 28, of Hilham, Tenn are wanted in connection with the murders of 20-year-old Trevor Cleary of Tompkinsville, Ky. and 19-year-old Austin Copas of Fountain Run, Ky.

Kentucky Today reported that Kentucky State Police troopers responded to a home on White Oak Ridge Road in the Fountain Run community, where two men were found dead inside, both with apparent gunshot wounds to the head. 

Whitledge is charged with two counts of murder and Spivey is charged with two counts complicity to commit murder.

Kentucky State Police have active warrants for both suspects.

Police said the pair was last seen in a black 2009 Nissan Altima with Tennessee license plate DP 68781.
Whitledge is listed as being from Bakersfield, but he has lived in Taft.

He was convicted in Taft Branch of Kern County Superior Court in January 2011 for second-degree robbery and sentenced to six years in state prison and was given a 16-month prison sentence for 2010 conviction of grand theft of a firearm.