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Jessamine grand jury to hear attempted murder case

NICHOLASVILLE — A judge on Monday referred an attempted murder case to a Jessamine County grand jury to consider for possible indictment.

Robert Gill, 54, is accused of attempting to twice shoot his estranged wife, Deborah Gill, 48, during a Nov. 28 confrontation at the Keene Springs Hotel restaurant, which she operates, west of Nicholasville.

During a preliminary hearing, Jessamine Deputy Sheriff Daniel Schlernitzauer testified that Gill came into the restaurant, drew a .32-caliber handgun, pointed it at his wife and said something to the effect of, "You remember me?"

Witnesses heard the gun click but the firearm did not discharge. Schlernitzauer said Deborah Gill held a metal pan in front of her face and told Robert Gill, "If you do this, our daughter is never going to forgive you."

During a later scuffle, Schlernit zauer said, Gill told his wife, "You're cheating on me and I'm killing you and him."

Witnesses heard another click from the gun, which had apparently malfunctioned. Robert Gill left the scene and later checked himself into the University of Kentucky Hospital for chest pains.

Police recovered two .32-caliber rounds from the scene of the attempted shooting.

Defense attorney Mike Moloney asked Schlernitzauer whether the gun was recovered during a search of Robert Gill's Nicholasville residence.

"No, sir," Schlernitzauer said.

Moloney asked the judge to reduce the $500,000 bond. "I don't think that's a realistic bond," Moloney said.

Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl opposed any bond reduction.

Jessamine District Court Judge Bill Oliver said he would review the bond but made no commitment to reduce it.