A Whitley County woman killed her husband over the proceeds from a settlement check and shot her two teen daughters so they wouldn’t have to grow up without a mother, according to media reports of a detective’s testimony.
Courtney L. Taylor, 41, of Williamsburg has been charged with three counts of domestic murder in the deaths of Larry Taylor, 51, and daughters Jessie, 18, and a 13-year-old. She also was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer at the family’s house on U.S. 25 in Williamsburg on the night of Jan. 13.
At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Courtney Taylor waived her rights to appear in Whitley County District Court, WKYT reported.
A Kentucky State Police officer testified that Taylor killed her husband Larry “over a $264,000 ... settlement she had deposited in August that had been depleted,” WKYT said. In a six-page letter, Courtney Taylor said she shot her kids so they wouldn’t grow up without a mother, the station reported from testimony.
Taylor’s case is expected to be handed over to a grand jury for review of the charges, LEX18 reported.