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Suspect in Mount Sterling shooting turns himself in

The suspect in the shooting death of a Mount Sterling woman turned himself in Tuesday in Houston, Ala.

Andrew R. H. Smith, 28, has been charged with murder in the death of Aimmee Charles, 27.

Charles was shot in the head at her home on the 200 block of Richmond Avenue just after 9 p.m. Friday night. The shots were fired from outside the home.

Police say they think Charles and Smith were acquaintances but do not know whether the shots fired into the home were intended for her or one of some other adults in the home at the time, said Erlene Elliott, office manager for the Mount Sterling Police Department.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Elliott said detectives had contacted Smith's family, who got in touch with him and urged him to turn himself in. Smith then called police to arrange for his surrender, she said.

Smith, who has recently lived in Bath County and Dayton, Ohio, is being held at the Houston County Detention Center in Alabama while awaiting extradition to Kentucky.

Charles had three children: a daughter, Alexis Carpenter, who was with her at the time of the shooting, and two sons, Jacob Charles and Caleb Charles of Jeffersonville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gateway Christian Church in Mount Sterling. Coffman Mortuary Parlor is in charge of arrangements.

A fund has been set up to help pay for burial expenses. The address is Coffman Mortuary Parlor, P.O. Box 1334, Mount Sterling, Ky., 40353. Those making contributions should note that the funds are for Aimmee Charles.

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