Leif Halvorsen

Halvorsen

 

Leif Halvorsen Then and Now

Male/White, 29 years old at the time

Victims: Jacqueline Greene, Joe Norman, Joey Durham

On January 13, 1983 in Fayette County Leif Halvorsen, along with Mitchell Willoughby, executed a Jacqueline Green, Joe Norman, and Joey Durham. The teenage female and two male victims were killed inside a home they were remodeling. These killers shot the female eight times in the back of the head. They shot the younger male five times — in the back, testicles, right arm, left leg, and right temple. They shot the other male three times — in the back, in the chest, and in the back of his neck.

Leif Halvorsen was sentenced to death September 15, 1983.




Randy Haight

Haight

Randy Haight Then and Now

Male/White, 33 years old at the time

Victims: Patricia Vance, David Omer

Randy Haight escaped from the Johnson County Jail August 18, 1985 with his girlfriend and another male inmate. He was there while awaiting trials in three counties. He stole guns and several cars; shot at a KY. State Police Trooper and caused another police officer’s death in a gunfight. He executed a young couple while they were inside their car. He shot the man in the face, chest, shoulder, and back of the head and shot the woman in the shoulder, temple, the back of the head, and through the eye. He spent all but two of his 15 adult years in four Ohio, three Virginia, and four Kentucky prisons.

Randy Height was sentenced to death March 22, 1994 for the murder of Patricia Vance and David Omer on August 22, 1985.




Johnathan Wayne Goforth

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Johnathan Wayne Goforth Then and Now

Male/White, 39 years old at the time

Victim: Lonetta White

On March 15, 1998, Johnathan Wayne Goforth and his accomplice, Virginia Caudill, entered the home of 73 year oldLonetta White and beat her to death. Her skull was shattered. After killing her, they burglarized her home. They then placed her body in the trunk of her own car and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire. The victim was burned so badly that she could not be recognized. 

Johnathan Wayne Goforth was sentenced to death March 24, 2000.




John Roscoe Garland

Garland

John Roscoe Garland Then and Now.

Male/White, 54 years old at the time
 

Victims:  Willa Jean Ferrier, Crystal Conaster, Chris Boswell 

On March 9, 1997 John Roscoe Garland murdered three people in McCreary County. Garland had been in a relationship with 26-year old Willa Jean Ferrier. He suspected she was pregnant by another man. Garland, along with his son Roscoe, went to the mobile home where his former girlfriend was with two friends, a man and a woman, and shot all three to death. Garland’s son was the key witness at the trial, but Garland claimed his son was lying and that the murder weapon belonged to his son.

Garland was sentenced to Death on February 15, 1999.




Fred Furnish

Furnish

Fred Furnish, then and now.

Male/White, 30 years old at the time
 

Victim: Ramona Jean Williamson

On June 25, 1998 Fred Furnish murdered 66-year-old Ramona Jean Williamson in Kenton County in 1998 by strangling her. The victim was found by her housekeeper immersed in the water in her bathtub.  Furnish stole her bank account number and debit cards and then used them to withdraw money to throw a party for his friends.

Furnish was sentenced to Death on July, 8 1999. In 2002, the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed his sentence because the jury wasn’t told to consider a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, which the Kentucky General Assembly had authorized after the crime but before the conviction. In 2004, a second jury agreed Furnish should be sentenced to death.




Robert Foley

Robert Foley

Robert Foley, then and now.

Male/White, 33 years old at the time


Victims:  Rodney Vaughn, Lynn Vaughn, Kimberly Bowersock, Calvin Reynolds, Lillian Contino, Jerry McMillan

Case #1:  In 1991, in Laurel County, Kentucky, Robert Foley shot and killed brothers Rodney and Lynn Vaughn in Foley’s home. Ten other adults were at the home, along with five children. Other male guests had checked their pistols in the kitchen cabinet, but Foley kept his .38 colt snub-nose revolver concealed in the small of his back, under his belt and shirt. The first victim consumed enough alcohol to become belligerent and two fights erupted between Foley and the first victim. Foley admits that he started the first fight and later in the evening shot and killed the first victim.

The deceased received multiple gunshot wounds to the left arm and body which resulted in hemorrhaging and death. Shortly thereafter, the second victim was killed at a time when only Foley, the victim and another man remained inside the house. The victim died as a result of multiple penetrating and perforating gunshot wounds to the head and extremities. After the killings, Foley, and three other individuals dumped the bodies into a creek in Laurel County. Foley was sentenced to Death on September 2, 1993 in Laurel County.

Case #2:  In 1989, in Laurel County, Kentucky, Robert Foley shot and killed Kimberly BowersockCalvin ReynoldsLillian Contino and Jerry McMillan. All four drove from Ohio to Laurel County. Foley became aware that Bowersock was in the area. He was angry because he believed that Bowersock had informed his parole officer that Foley was selling drugs. Foley found Bowersock and immediately grabbed her by the hair. When Reynolds came to her assistance, Foley pulled his pistol and shot Reynolds, then Bowersock, then Contino, then McMillan.  He returned to Bowersock and shot her again in the back of the head. He took the victims’ valuables, placed their bodies in a septic tank, and then covered them with lime and cement. The bodies were found two years later. Foley was sentenced to Death on April 27, 1994, in Madison County, Kentucky, following a change of venue.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  An intentional murder of more than one person.




Samuel Steven Fields

Fields

Samuel Steven Fields, Then & Now

Male/White, 21 years old at the time


Victim:  Bess Horton

During the early morning hours of August 19, 1993, in Carter County, Samuel Fields entered the home of 84-year-old Bess Horton through a back window.  He stabbed her in the head and slashed her throat.  She died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries of the head and neck.  The large knife used to slash her throat was found protruding from her right temple.Fields was tried and sentenced to death in 1997.  That death sentence was reversed for retrial and, in January 2004, he was re-sentenced to death.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  A murder which occurs during the commission of the following crime: Burglary First Degree.




Roger Dale Epperson

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Roger Epperson, Then & Now

Male/White, 35 years old at the time


Victims:  Edwin & Bessie Morris, Dr. Roscoe Acker (survived), Tammy Acker

Case #1:  On June 16, 1985, Roger Dale Epperson and two accomplices went to the home of Edwin and Bessie Morris in Gray Hawk, Jackson County, Kentucky. Edwin Morris’s body was later found lying on the kitchen floor, gagged, with his hands tied behind his back, and with a pillow near his head. Bessie Morris’s body was found on a bed in the bedroom with her hands tied behind her back and her feet tied together.

Edwin Morris had been shot twice, once in the forehead and once in the right side of the head. Bessie Morris died of two gunshot wounds to the back, both of which were fatal, but death did not immediately result from either. It was determined that $35,000 in cash had been stolen, along with a diamond cluster ring, a set of diamond earrings and a .38 caliber handgun.

Epperson was convicted and sentenced to death for the double murders but the convictions were ultimately set aside by the Court. He was re-tried in 1996 and convicted of Capital Murder, first-degree Armed Robbery and first-degree Burglary.

Case #2:  On the night of August 8, 1985, Roger Dale Epperson and two accomplices entered the home of Fleming-Neon, Letcher County, Kentucky physician Roscoe Acker, posing as F.B.I. agents. They choked Dr. Acker unconscious and stabbed his daughter, Tammy Acker, to death while robbing a bedside safe of $1.9 million, handguns and jewelry. Dr. Acker survived, but Tammy Acker was found dead with a butcher knife stuck through her chest and imbedded in the floor. She had been stabbed a total of 12 times.




Kevin Wayne Dunlap

Dunlap

Male/White, 36 years old at the time


Victims:  Kristy Frensley  (stabbed but survived), Kayla Williams, Kourtney and Ethan Frensley

On October 15, 2009, Kevin Wayne Dunlap approached Kristy Frensley in her backyard before forcing her inside her home at gunpoint, where he raped and stabbed her. When her three children, a 5-year-old boy and his 14 and 17-year-old sisters, arrived home from school, he fatally stabbed them and set fire to the home. The mother survived by playing dead. The boy’s stab wounds were so severe that some of his ribs were broken.

Dunlap was convicted and sentenced to death on March 19, 2010 for the following crimes:  Murder (Capital) – 3 counts; Kidnapping-Victim Death (Capital) – 3 counts; Kidnapping-With Serious Physical Injury; Rape 1st Degree with Serious Physical Injury; Arson 1st Degree; Criminal Attempt-Murder; Burglary 1st Degree; and Tampering With Physical Evidence – 3 counts.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  A murder which occurs during the commission of the following crimes: Arson First Degree, Rape First Degree, an intentional murder of more than one person




Virginia Caudill

Caudill

Virginia Caudill, then and now.

Female/White, 39 years old at the time


Victim:  Lonetta White

In Fayette County on March 15, 1998, Virginia Caudill and accomplice Jonathon Goforth entered the home of a 73-year-old female and beat her to death, shattering her skull. The victim was the mother of Caudill’s estranged boyfriend and the two had gone to her home to ask her for money, supposedly to buy crack cocaine. Caudill and Goforth then ransacked her home and stole numerous items of valuable personal property, including guns, jewelry and a mink coat.  They then wrapped her body in a rug and placed it in the trunk of her own car and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire.  The victim was burned so badly that she could not be recognized.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  murder which occurred during the commission of a burglary and robbery.

 Virginia Caudill was sentenced to death March 24, 2000.



 
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