Bond is $500,000 for woman charged in daughter's, granddaughter's deaths

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 30, 2012 

WINCHESTER — Bond has been set at $500,000 for a woman accused of killing her daughter and granddaughter earlier this month.

Lillie Stanton, 48, faces two counts of murder in the stabbings of Danel Korrey Stanton, 23, and Kaydence Ray Miers, 22 months, on May 20. Police have said Lillie Stanton also stabbed herself after the killings.

During a brief hearing Wednesday, Clark District Court Judge Brandy O. Brown scheduled a formal hearing for 1:30 p.m. June 13.

Linda Ross, whose son, Jonathon Miers, is Kaydence's father, was at Wednesday's hearing.

"I just want to make sure Kaydence and Korrey aren't forgotten," an emotional Ross said later outside the courtroom. "I want to fight for justice; I want to make sure justice is served for both of them."

Stanton, who appeared in court via video from the Clark County jail, entered no plea Wednesday. She spoke only twice, saying "yes," when Brown asked whether Stanton understood the charges against her and when the judge asked if she wanted an attorney appointed to represent her.

Brown then set bond and referred the case to public defender Kyle Morris. Afterward, Morris said that he would represent Stanton for now but that the case could be assigned to another public defender.

Stanton told Winchester police that she slashed the victims' throats because she feared that Miers was about to gain more visitation time with Kaydence, according to court documents. She had considered taking her daughter and granddaughter out of state, but she didn't have enough money, according to court filings.

The killings occurred at a house on Vaught Road here, where Lilly Stanton lived with her daughter and granddaughter.

Afterward, Lillie Stanton was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to be treated for her self-inflicted wounds. Police arrested her May 21 after she was able to talk with officers.

Ross said Wednesday that the days since the deaths have been "very hard" for her son and everyone in her family.

"We just want justice for Korrey and for Kaydence; that's what we want," she said. "I want to thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts and keeping us in your hearts."

Stanton was being held in the Clark County jail.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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