Man arrested in connection with murder

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Salyers tells police he drove man who killed victim to scene of the crime

By Calen McKinney

A Taylor County man is in jail on a $1 million bond for being involved with the killing of an Adair County man.

David Salyers, 59, of 12764 Liberty Road in Elk Horn, was arrested last Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. and charged with complicity to commit murder.

He was housed at the Taylor County Detention Center but has since been transferred to the Casey County Jail.

According to a Kentucky State Police news release, detectives arrested Salyers after a week-long investigation into the death of Wendell “Gleason” Pyles, who was shot and killed Sept. 26 while he was working at Tarter Gate Co. in Dunnville.

The release states that early last Thursday morning, KSP troopers, detectives and special response team members searched Salyers’ home.

Items seized are expected to lead to more charges and additional arrests, the release states. The investigation into the murder is continuing.

According to Salyers’ arrest citation, an investigation into Pyles’ murder revealed that the two had an ongoing argument over a debt Pyles allegedly owed to Salyers.

Court records state that during an interview with Salyers, he told KSP troopers that he wouldn’t reveal what happened because “he was not a rat.”

Later in the interview, records state, Salyers told troopers that what happened was not about Pyles quitting a motorcycle club the two belonged to, but was over the debt Pyles owed. Records state Pyles and Salyers were members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club.

Salyers told troopers that he drove the man who shot Pyles to Tarter Gate Co. in his truck, which was burned the night of the crime.

KSP Sgt. Andy Olson said detectives are still investigating the case to determine who shot Pyles.

“We haven’t found or charged him yet,” Olson said.

Olson said it isn’t known yet how many people were involved with killing Pyles.

Salyers’ arrest citation states that he was charged with murder, which is a Class A felony punishable by as much as life in prison.

The KSP news release states, however, that Salyers was charged with complicity to commit murder, also a Class A felony. Jail records list him charged with murder.

Records state Salyers was denied release on his own recognizance or an unsecured bond because he is a danger to others.

An unsecured bond sets an amount a defendant will pay if he or she doesn’t appear for court dates but doesn’t require any money be posted before a defendant can be released.

According to the Casey County Circuit Clerk’s Office, no court dates have been set for Salyers, though he will likely appear in court during the county’s regular district court hearing day tomorrow.

A not guilty plea will likely be entered on Salyers’ behalf during his first court appearance. He will be appointed an attorney or be ordered to hire his own and the case against him will either be set for a preliminary hearing or held to a Casey County grand jury for possible indictment.

Pyles, 50, worked in maintenance at Tarter Gate Co.

His wife, Tina, said that getting through the days since her husband’s death has been difficult.

“It’s hard, it’s so hard, there’s so much that’s bombarded me all at once.”

Mrs. Pyles said her husband was a man his friends and family members could depend on and trust.

“If he liked you, he liked you. He was a good-hearted person who would give you the shirt off his back and do anything in the world for you.”

Mrs. Pyles said her husband deeply loved and cared for his five children and three grandchildren.

“His pride and joy was his family,” she said.

“He was a great provider and fun to be around. And he also loved his two Harley Davidson motorcycles.”

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to call the KSP at (800) 222-5555.

• Casey County News Staff Writer Larry Rowell contributed to this story.