Four indicted for actions surrounding death of Danville man

Published 7:20 am Saturday, November 18, 2017

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the official cause of death.

Four men have been Indicted by a Boyle County grand jury for acts they committed after the death of a Danville man.

Three of the men — Nicholas Wilburn, 38, of 426 Knob Lick Road in Junction City; Nathan Griffin, 24, of 161 Shearin Avenue in Danville; and Jeffrey Galloway, 34, of 80 Bellview Street in Junction City, face misdemeanor charges of abuse of a corpse. They allegedly “intentionally treated a corpse in a way that would outrage ordinary family sensibility.” They have also been charged with failure to report the death of a person for allegedly not reporting the death of Byron Casey Bowling.

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A fourth man has also been charged for alleged crimes involving Bowling. Jeremiah Brock, 38, of 116 East Broadway in Danville, was charged with theft by deception more than $500 and less than $10,000, for allegedly obtaining money from Lloyd and Vicki Bowling, parents of Byron Casey Bowling, under a false impression between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8.

Brock is also being charged as a persistent felony offender, because he has been convicted of at least one prior felony while over the age of 18, served time for the conviction and has been released within the last five years.

He is currently lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center, along with Griffin and Galloway, all facing additional, unrelated charges. Wilburn is lodged in the Casey County Jail on unrelated charges.

Byron Bowling was pronounced dead Jan. 9 at the age of 36, after his pickup truck was located on Nosco Road in Boyle County. The truck had been crashed.

Boyle County Coroner Don Hamner told The Advocate-Messenger at the time that there was some question as to how long Byron Bowling had been in the truck.

The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office had initially been called to the scene for a reported crash. After they arrived, deputies found the body of Bowling, and called in the Kentucky State Police. Trooper Robert Purdy said it was “apparent” that the cause of death was a drug overdose. Hamner said an autopsy was completed and confirmed a drug overdose as the cause of death.

The Kentucky State Police is investigating the cases, but could not be reached as of press time Friday for further information.