Triple homicide inspires custody exchange bill

FRANKFORT, Ky (WKYT) - A Kentucky state senator is hoping to turn a tragedy into a law that could save lives.

Senator Brandon Smith of District 30 is pushing a bill forward that would create safe drop-off locations for child custody exchanges.

In January 53-year-old Jackie Cornett, 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett, and 12-year-old Taylor Cornett were killed in a shooting in Perry County. Police say it happened during a custody exchange.

"After this tragedy we began to wonder, and so with the reflection of this event looking foreword, we're trying to find places that we feel like will at least put up as much prevention for an act like this as possible," Smith said Thursday after the bill passed out of committee unanimously. It will now move on to the full senate.

This was a move Jackie Cornett's wife pushed for soon after the shooting.

"They could have metal detectors maybe and have two opposite doors for them to come into where they wouldn't even have to see each other," said Missy Cornett.

The bill would establish places such as courthouses and police departments as safe locations. Judges could then order cases in which they feel there's a risk to do their exchanges at those locations.

Domestic violence advocates told us the day after the shooting that those exchanges could be dangerous.

"We just wanted to put that out there so if you're in a situation where you're concerned, there's been hostility, that there is someplace safe that you know you can go where there's going to be people around to protect you," Smith said.

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