Casey Preston Byrd, 36, of Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee, United States worked for the U.S. Penitentiary McCreary, a federal prison in McCreary County, Kentucky, USA, as a senior officer specialist. On September 30, 2022, he was arrested in Knox County, Tennessee and charged with public intoxication.
On October 29, 2022, Byrd went to a friend’s house to watch the football game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers. At around 12:49 a.m. on October 30, 2022, he was driving home and failed to turn to the right or left while approaching an intersection in London, Laurel County, Kentucky.
Byrd’s Dodge pickup crashed into a marked police cruiser being operated by London Police Department officer Logan Kendal Medlock, 26, of Keavy, Laurel County. Due to the force of the impact, both cars were knocked into the A.R. Dyche Cemetery and several headstones were damaged.
Medlock was pronounced dead on scene while Byrd sustained no injuries. The Oneida resident submitted to blood and breathalyzer tests and registered a .294, which was more than three times the legal limit.
Byrd was arrested and booked into the Laurel County Detention Center in London. He was charged with murder of a police officer and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
On October 31, 2022, Byrd appeared in Laurel County District Court for the first time to be arraigned. Judge Wendell Lewis “Skip” Hammons, Jr., 55, entered a not guilty plea for the Oneida resident.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for November 8, 2022. Byrd’s bond was set at $1 million.
The funeral service for Medlock will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. on November 4, 2022 at Corinth Baptist Church in London. He will be buried in the Roark Cemetery in Keavy.