A Franklin County man's death in 2009 has come under new scrutiny after his sister was accused in Michigan of locking another sister in a closet for years.
Candy Lawson's disabled 42-year-old sister was found in a locked closet July 9 in Lawson's house in Corunna, Mich. The woman was malnourished, had been given very little food or water and had only a bucket as a toilet.
Lawson had lived in Franklin County for several years before moving to Corunna.
During her time in Kentucky, her disabled brother, Christopher Justin Churchill, had lived in her home.
When Churchill died in 2009, the cause of death was listed as protein calorie malnutrition, Franklin County Coroner William Harrod said. Churchill was 5-foot-2 and weighed only 60 pounds when he died.
"At the time of the man's death, we didn't have any evidence to lead to thoughts of wrongdoing," Harrod said. "Right now we're reviewing the file and monitoring the case in Michigan."
But after the Franklin County Sheriff's Department learned of Lawson's charges in Michigan, they began to look into the man's death, Sheriff Pat Melton said.
The department contacted Kentucky State Police and learned that they'd opened a case at the time of the man's death, so the investigation is being handled by state police.
"It will be up to them to decide whether or not they want to reopen the case," Harrod said.