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Faulkner indicted for murder in Hustonville woman’s death

MORELAND — The man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 31-year-old Hustonville woman has been charged with murder.

A Lincoln County grand jury returned a murder indictment against Shawn E. Faulkner, 26, of Hustonville, who was arrested Feb. 5 by Kentucky State Police and accused of shooting Kala Francisco at a home on Raintree Drive.

Photo courtesy of the Lincoln County Regional Jail
Shawn Faulkner, 26, is accused of shooting Kala Francisco.

Francisco was found with life-threatening injuries and was transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries on Feb. 5.

Initially, Faulkner was arrested on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trooper Robert Purdy, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 7 in Richmond, said last week that he could not share specific details about the ongoing investigation but that the murder charge was a result of information provided by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

KSP Detective Frank Thornberry, who is overseeing the ongoing investigation, said this week that the collection of evidence following the shooting incident is what led to Faulkner’s arrest.

“It just took a while because we had to gather evidence,” he said. “That’s the biggest reason.”

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence following the shooting, according to the detective.

Thornberry said it’s common knowledge that Faulkner and Francisco were dating.

Francisco’s children, who were in the home at the time of the shooting but were not harmed, are now living with family members, Thornberry said.

According to the detective, Faulkner was prohibited from possessing a handgun due to a prior felony conviction related to a 2012 robbery in Boyle County.

Other indictments:

• Hank Abbott, 48387 Littontown Road, East Bernstadt: unlawful use of an electronic device to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or property. Detective Tim Morris with the Stanford Police Department testified.

• Steven M. Miller, 28, 75 Rigsby Road, Mt. Vernon: third-degree burglary; theft by unlawful taking of property owned by Walmart with a value less than $500; identity theft. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or property. Morris testified.

• Madison P. Stratton, 18, 410 North Fourth St., Danville: theft by unlawful taking of property owned by Walmart valued less than $500; first-degree fleeing or evading police. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or property. Morris testified.

• Rayanna B. Brock, 18, 3570 Green River Road, Stanford: theft by unlawful taking of property owned by Walmart valued less than $500; second-degree fleeing or evading police. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or property. Morris testified.

• Adam D. Showalter, 35, 4760 East Ky. 328, Eubank: receiving stolen property valued more than $500; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or property. Michael Mullins Sr. with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office testified.

• Shannon L. Penman, 29, 5861 Ky. 2141, Moreland: trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, heroin; first-degree persistent felony offender. Bail was set at $40,000 cash or property. Rob Oney with the LCSO testified.

• Sabrina M. Denny, 24, 5861 Ky. 2141, Moreland: trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin). Bail was set at $40,000 cash or property. Oney testified.

• David Ashley Price, 38, 450 Spears Lane, Moreland: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Bail was set at $20,000 cash or property. Oney testified.

• Jessie D. Stull, 32, 65 Cedar Lane, Waynesburg: receiving stolen property valued more than $500. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or property. Oney testified.

• Daniel L. Brown, 33, 770 Carpenter Road, Hustonville: fist-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or property. Matti Hutti with KSP testified.

• David A. Zaznanski, 32, 210 River Dr., Stanford: first-degree fleeing or evading police; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone); DUI. Bail was set at $35,000 cash or property. Michael Mullins with the LCSO testified.

The following people were directly indicted or sentenced on March 27:

• Charles W. Bryant: possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Pre-trial diversion granted.

• Michael J. Denson, 37, 904 Danville Ave., Stanford: third-degree assault of police officer.

• Brittany Dowell: first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin); receiving stolen property (firearm) valued between $500 and $10,000. Pre-trial diversion granted.

• Joshua Graham, 33, 61 Canoe Creek Road, Lancaster: first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin); first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

• Christen Pennington: first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); DUI. Pre-trial diversion granted.

• Jeffery Barnett Rainey: first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone). Pre-trial diversion granted.

• Tansy L. Symonds, 32, 135 A Land of Goshen, Lancaster: first-degree possession of a controlled substance (morphine).