Winchester woman tells judge: 'I killed my daughter and granddaughter'

gkocher@herald-leader.comJanuary 9, 2014 

WINCHESTER — The woman accused of killing her daughter and granddaughter pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of murder, thus avoiding the death penalty.

Lillie Stanton, 49, of Winchester, faces a recommended sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

She was indicted last year on two counts of murder in the deaths of her daughter, Danel Korrey Stanton, 23, and her granddaughter, 22-month-old Kaydence Ray Miers.

Clark Circuit Judge William Clouse scheduled sentencing for Feb. 20.

During Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Clouse asked Stanton to tell him what happened.

After a long pause, Stanton said, "I killed my daughter and granddaughter." She wiped away tears as Clouse continued to ask her questions.

Stanton admitted to Winchester police that she slashed the victims' throats because she feared that Kaydence's father, Jonathon Miers, was about to gain more visitation time, according to court records. She also admitted that she cut her own throat and wrists after the killings, police said.

The deaths occurred May 20 at a house on Vaught Road in Winchester where Lillie Stanton lived with her daughter and granddaughter.

Lillie Stanton told police that she lifted Kaydence Miers from a bed where she was sleeping, carried her to the basement and slit her throat, according to court documents. She said she then cut Korrey Stanton's throat and, when that wasn't successful, suffocated her.

Lillie Stanton's former husband, Robert Stanton, arrived home in late afternoon on May 20 and discovered the killings. He then called police.

Lillie Stanton was airlifted to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment of her self-inflicted wounds. Police said they arrested her at the hospital after she admitted to the slayings.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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