Crime

Argument over how to spend inheritance led to fatal shooting, detective says

William Pomeroy got into a fight over how to spend a $3,500 inheritance with his girlfriend, took a nickel-plated .357-caliber handgun from her, then shot her with it several times, a Lexington police detective testified Thursday.

Pomeroy, 45, is charged with murder in the death of Amy Koegel, 43, the woman with whom he lived on Pinkney Drive. The couple had three children.

Fayette District Judge Megan Lake Thornton found probable cause Thursday to send Pomeroy’s case to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Koegel had been reported missing, and her family hadn’t seen her since May 18, police said last week.

During a preliminary hearing, detective Tyson Carroll testified that a police officer found Koegel’s body on May 20 during a welfare check at the house.

Her body was found in the backyard, beneath a blue tarpaulin on a paved area, Carroll said. She had been shot several times, and five shell casings were found near the body, he said.

Later, officers arrested Pomeroy at home after he had called police.

During six hours of questioning by three detectives, Pomeroy confessed to shooting Koegel, Carroll said during cross-examination by public defender Clay Sousley.

During that interrogation, Pomeroy said that he and Koegel got into a fight on the back porch, Carroll testified. Pomeroy had recently inherited $3,500 and wanted to spend the money on cocaine, Carroll said.

During the fight, Koegel pulled the nickel-plated revolver on Pomeroy, but he took it from her and then shot her. Pomeroy then put a pillow beneath her head and shot her several more times, Carroll said.

Pomeroy is also charged with tampering with evidence because he allegedly got rid of the gun. It was unclear from Thursday’s testimony whether police have the gun.

Judge Thornton decided to keep Pomeroy in the Fayette County jail with no bond.

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