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Facebook message led to at least 24 bullet holes in house where 15-year-old girl died

Man charged in teen's death in court

Michael Davidson appears Tuesday in Scott County court. He is charged with murder. Morgan Penn, 15aa, was shot Saturday morning in Parker Mobile Home Park in Stamping Ground.
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Michael Davidson appears Tuesday in Scott County court. He is charged with murder. Morgan Penn, 15aa, was shot Saturday morning in Parker Mobile Home Park in Stamping Ground.

The man charged with killing a 15-year-old girl in August at a Stamping Ground trailer park pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and other charges in Scott County Circuit Court.

Michael K. Davidson entered the plea before Circuit Judge Rob Johnson a month after a Scott County grand jury indicted Davidson.

Davidson, 27, of Georgetown, also pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, fleeing police, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence.

Morgan Marie Penn, 15, of Georgetown, was killed about 4:45 a.m. Aug. 27 at Parker’s Mobile Home Park off Main Street in Stamping Ground. Four other teens were inside the trailer when the shooting occurred.

After Davidson entered his plea, jailers escorted him back to the Scott County jail, where he has been held in lieu of $100,000 bond since his arrest outside Frankfort less than an hour after the shooting.

On Aug. 30, Davidson had pleaded not guilty to the charges before District Judge Mary Jane Phelps. Kentucky State Police detectives obtained an indictment three days later, moving the case to circuit court.

No trial date has been set.

At the time of the shooting, Davidson was wanted on a probation violation warrant issued after he left a substance-abuse rehabilitation center in Owensboro without permission in July 2015.

Court records in the Penn killing indicate that Davidson came to the Stamping Ground trailer after receiving a Facebook message. State police detective Ryan Fox swore in a search warrant affidavit that Davidson “became angry and threatened to shoot the place up.”

Davidson “did return and fired multiple shots in and at the trailer,” Fox alleged in more than one of the search warrants.

Witnesses reported hearing more than a dozen rapidly fired shots and seeing a dark SUV speeding out of the trailer park.

Police reports said Georgetown police spotted a dark SUV turning from Ky. 227/Stamping Ground Road onto U.S. 460 toward Frankfort shortly after the shooting.

Officers gave chase at high speed until the SUV turned into a trailer park east of Frankfort, where the driver was arrested without resistance.

State police detectives took over the investigation after receiving a request from the Scott County sheriff’s office. Evidence tags left by state police crime-scene officers indicated at least 24 bullet holes on the trailer’s exterior walls.

Police found a weapon discarded alongside U.S. 460 just west of Cane Run Road on the bank of Elkhorn Creek, sources said. No description of the recovered weapon has been given, but Davidson’s indictment says the firearm used in the shooting was a handgun.

Davidson’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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