Hello, I’m Lou Anna Red Corn, your Fayette Commonwealth Attorney.  I am a career prosecutor.  I have worked in the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office since 1987, as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, and as the First Assistant since 2006.  Governor Matt Bevin appointed me Commonwealth’s Attorney on October 1, 2016. I am married and I have two sons.

As a prosecutor I have tried more than 225 felony cases, including 51 homicides.   Some of the more notable cases I prosecuted were Shane Ragland for the sniper-style killing of UK football player Trent Diguiro; Leonard Neinabor, a Catholic priest who sexually abused parish children over several decades; and Donald Southworth for the murder of his wife Umi.  Most recently, I prosecuted Mark Taylor for the kidnaping and murder of UK Chef Alex Johnson and Paris Charles for the killing and dismemberment of his girlfriend Goldia Massey.

I am an advocate for all victims of crime, but I take a special interest in child victim cases, especially child fatalities, child sexual abuse and child exploitation through electronic solicitation and child pornography.  I helped establish the Fayette County Child Sexual Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team in 1989. Our team still serves as a model for other teams statewide and I continue to facilitate the team’s meetings.  I also helped write our state’s first model protocol for child sexual abuse multi-disciplinary teams and was a co-author of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Child Sexual Abuse Manual in 2003.  I am a founding and current board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, Inc., having served as both treasurer and secretary.  Our Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass has been recognized by the National Children’s Alliance as one of the nation’s premier advocacy centers following an extensive application and site review process.

I am an advocate for fair, but firm prosecution of individuals who violate the law.   I believe that the first duty of government is to protect its citizens; there should be consequences for violating the law; that violators should be treated fairly, meaning similarly situated individuals should be treated the same; and that victims of crime have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity.

Photograph by Mark Cornelison, Lexington Herald Leader, posted with permission. Photograph by Mark Cornelison, Lexington Herald Leader, posted with permission.

I have been a part of this community since 1977, when I came to college.  I graduated from the University of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky, College of Law.  I attend Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church where I am involved in leadership and education.

I am an enrolled member of the Osage Nation.  My paternal great-grandparents were Raymond (full blood) and Bertha Red Corn and Jenny (full blood) and Clarence (full blood) Gray.  My paternal grandparents were Louise (full blood) and Harold (half-blood) Red Corn.  They all lived on the Osage Reservation in northwest Oklahoma, near Pawhuska, Oklahoma.  My father was raised on the Osage, but took our family to Colorado, and later Louisville, Kentucky.  I return to Oklahoma each June to participate in our tribal dances, the In-Lon-Shka.  My sons are also enrolled tribal members and frequently join me in the dances.


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