Crime

Grand jury to get case of Mount Eden woman whose body was found in container

LAWRENCEBURG — The case involving an Anderson County man charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a container during Labor Day weekend will be going to the grand jury.

Gary M. Bancroft, 33, appeared via video from jail in front of Judge Linda Armstrong on Thursday morning in Anderson District Court for a preliminary hearing. Armstrong ruled there was enough evidence in the case to send it to a grand jury.

Bancroft pleaded not guilty to murder Sept. 9. He is accused of killing his girlfriend, Frances Renee Mobley, 33, of Mount Eden. Mobley's body was found in a container at Bancroft's home on Bardstown Road in Anderson County. The coroner said Mobley had been slashed to death.

Mobley's uncle, James Mobley, said his niece was a loving person who did not deserve to die. He said Renee Mobley's two children, ages 16 and 7, are struggling with the loss.

"If you needed help, she would be there," James Mobley said. "It's just a horrible thing that happened."

Mobley worked at an AT&T store in Taylorsville.

"Renee loved her job, and she was getting her life together," said another relative, Rena Hardin. "And she was thinking about leaving him."

Hardin said she did not know how long Mobley and Bancroft had been together.

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