Murder and robbery suspects arrested in Jellico

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By Charlotte Underwood

The robbery and murder of a smoke shop employee in Louisville, Ky, led Kentucky State police across the state line into Jellico this past week.

On July 23, Jellico Police were notified by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) of the possibility that two murder suspects could be in the area at a local apartment complex.

JPD officers went to the location and found the vehicle the suspects were allegedly driving, according to a JPD report.

After receiving permission to search the residence, JPD officers took into custody, Andrew J Marra, 22, of Louisville and a 16 -year-old relative of his. Both men were wanted for questioning by the LMPD, according to the report.

Marra and the juvenile male were wanted for questioning in relation to a murder and robbery case involving J & J’s Smoke Shop employee Joshua Pendleton, according to the report. Pendleton, 28, was found stabbed to death inside the tobacco and alcohol store located in Valley Station, late Wednesday night on July 22.

It was a cell phone, and “good detective work” which led the LMPD hundreds of miles away to Jellico in search of their murder suspects, according to LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.

“We recovered Pendleton’s cell phone and through that, determined that Marra was the last person who had a conversation with him (Pendleton),” said Mitchell.

Detectives then discovered that Marra and the juvenile had relatives in the Jellico area and notified the JPD.

After arriving on the scene, LMPD detectives interviewed both subjects and learned enough to charge the pair with the murder of Pendleton and the robbery of the smoke shop, according to Mitchell. Both men have been charged with murder, robber and tampering with physical evidence, according to Mitchell.

Marra and the juvenile male were held at the Campbell County Jail until they were extradited back to Kentucky on Friday the 24, according to Mitchell. A trial date has not yet been set.