The double murder of two young Lincoln County men that remained unsolved for six years broke wide open as five men were arrested in the case in rapid succession. The five were charged with the murder of Harold "Bo" Upton III, 18, and Ryan Keith Shangraw, 20, who were found shot to death at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2002, in Shangraw's mobile home on Hubble Road.
The story that haunted the conscience of the community for six years began to unravel when the first of five alleged co-conspirators, Jamarkos Campbell, 23, turned himself in to the Kentucky State Police on April 20. Matthew Tolson, 23, Deonte Simmons, 25, Charles E. Smith, 26, and Neccolus L. Mundy, 26, were subsequently arrested and charged with the murder.
On June 29, Tolson was arrested at his home in Sevierville, Tenn., and extradited to Kentucky two days later. Tolson's shocked in-laws called the IJ the morning of the arrest, caught completely off guard by their son-in-law's apprehension. At the time of his arrest, Tolson was working as an EMT and living with his wife and 1-year old child; his early cooperation aided in the subsequent arrests.