Bourbon Co. murder suspect turns himself in

jkegley@herald-leader.comDecember 26, 2011 

The man accused of killing a Bourbon County man and injuring his son on Christmas morning turned himself in to ­Bourbon County authorities later in the day.

William C. Ross, 36, of Ewing, is charged with murder in the death of Leroy Richardson, 57, who was found at a home on Levy Road in North Middletown about 1:30 a.m. Richardson apparently was shot, Bourbon County Deputy Coroner Dee Gee Ison said.

Ross also is charged with first-degree assault for ­allegedly shooting and injuring Joey Richardson, Leroy Richardson's son. Ison said Ross and the ­Richardsons were acquaintances.

Ross was being held at the ­Bourbon County Detention Center.

Richardson appeared to have been shot to death, Ison said, but an official cause of death was withheld pending an autopsy scheduled for Monday morning.

Ross is also charged with first-degree assault for allegedly shooting and injuring Joey Richardson. Joey Richardson was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Ison said.

The hospital did not release information on Joey Richardson's condition Sunday. Ison said she did not know of his condition Sunday evening, but that he appeared to be in "pretty good condition" when he was taken to the hospital.

Ison said Ross and the Richardsons were acquaintances. She said investigators were aware of a motive, but that she could not discuss it Sunday night because the investigation was ongoing.

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