Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Briefs

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Briefs

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MADISONVILLE, KY.

2nd suspect pleads guilty to murder

The second suspect in the slaying of a Western Kentucky couple has entered a guilty plea.

The Messenger reported that Dustin McKinney, 27, entered the plea Friday in Hopkins Circuit Court to charges of murder, complicity to commit murder and burglary.

Prosecutors have said McKinney and Eddie Goodnight went to the home of Lynn and Mary Ann Moore, an elderly and disabled couple, to steal prescription pills and guns. While there, prosecutors say. the men also killed the couple.

McKinney said he fatally shot Lynn Moore.

"We knew from monitoring him in jail that he was struggling with what he had done," Commonwealth's Attorney David Massamore said. "I saw a sense of relief in him now that he has accepted responsibility for what he has done."

Prosecutors say Goodnight agreed to a similar plea deal about a week ago.

The newspaper cited the plea agreements in reporting both men would have to serve at least 20 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

"They were so addicted they gave themselves away," Massamore said. "They could qualify for America's dumbest criminals. They were so high that they got lost going to Dawson Springs from Paducah. Mr. Goodnight actually called a family member to ask for directions to the Moores' home."

LOUISVILLE, KY.

Child care centers sue over funding

The owners of nine Louisville child care centers have filed suit against the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The action comes as the state agency seeks to revoke the licenses of 18 centers in the city. citing allegations of fraud after a yearlong investigation.

The child care centers are appealing the state's efforts to shut them down. Attorney Randy Strause, who represents the owners of the centers, says the state has stopped child-care assistance funding, which violates the due process rights of his clients. …

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