Third arrested in murder case

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By Calen McKinney

Another arrest has been made in the murder of an Adair County man.


According to Kentucky State Police, Anthony L. Byrd, 53, of Dunnville, was charged with facilitation to murder William "Gleason" Pyles and hindering prosecution on Tuesday morning. A KSP news release states that investigators anticipate more arrests will be made.

Byrd was lodged at the Casey County Jail and his bond was set at $50,000 cash. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.

In October, a Taylor County man and a Lebanon man were arrested in connection with Pyles' death on Sept. 26.

David Salyers, 59, of 12764 Liberty Road in Elk Horn, was charged with complicity to Pyles' murder and William "Bobby" R. Rigdon, 27, of Lebanon, was charged with murdering Pyles. Both crimes are punishable by as much as life in prison.

Salyers and Rigdon have remained incarcerated at the Casey County Jail since their arrest on Oct. 4 and Oct. 9, respectively, each on a $1 million bond.

According to a Kentucky State Police news release, Pyles was killed Sept. 26 while he was working at Tarter Gate Co. in Dunnville.

According to Salyers' arrest citation, an investigation revealed that he and Pyles 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 in October that it wasn't known yet how many people were involved with killing Pyles.

Pyles, 50, worked in maintenance at Tarter Gate. He was married to Tina Pyles and had five children and three grandchildren.

As of press time, there were no court dates set for Salyers, Rigdon or Byrd.

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