Crime

Springfield man indicted on 2 murder charges in case of missing couple

Robert Jones and Crystal Warner, both of Florence, are missing and presumed dead.
Robert Jones and Crystal Warner, both of Florence, are missing and presumed dead.

A Washington County grand jury has indicted Craig Pennington on two counts of murder in the presumed deaths of a missing Florence couple.

Pennington, 52, of Springfield, also was indicted on nine other charges, including kidnapping, tampering with evidence, theft, wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening, abuse of a corpse and menacing.

The bodies of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner have not been found, but relatives and friends have continued searching in rural Washington County near Mackville, where Pennington rented a cabin from Jones.

Jones, 38, and Warner, 35, have been missing since July 3. Their car was found July 8 off Interstate 75 in Scott County, and that same day, Kentucky State Police arrested Pennington in connection with their deaths.

Even though the bodies have not been found, state police said they have developed enough evidence and probable cause to charge Pennington.

The two murder charges don’t name Jones and Warner but refer to them by their initials, “RJ” and “CW.” The murder charges say Pennington caused their deaths “on or about July 3.”

The indictment included two misdemeanor counts of abuse of a corpse, which is punishable by up to a year in jail. According to those charges, Pennington treated “a corpse in a way that would outrage ordinary family sensibilities.”

State police detective Logan Richardson was listed as the witness who testified before the grand jury.

Pennington remains in the Marion County jail in lieu of a $2 million bond.

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