New Year's Eve Party in Pulaski Turns Deadly

The Miller family was apparently preparing to ring in the New Year when police say John Lester showed up at their Cumberland Manor apartment. But police don't think he was there to crash the party.

“He was there to watch the new year come in. He was invited there by a family member of Mr. Miller,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood.

Lester's parents say their son was at the Cumberland Manor apartment to see his fiance. But police say her father, Timothy Miller, did not want Lester there.

“That a confrontation did at some point get physical,” says Sheriff Wood.

And that's when police say Lester shot Miller in the chest, who later died at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

John Lester declined to give his side of the story from the Pulaski County Jail, but his family says the shot may have been fired in self defense.

Police say this is clearly an act of murder and the only one with a gun was Lester.

Lester remains in the Pulaski County Jail waiting his first court date.

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  • by Anonymous Location: burnside on Jan 8, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    It's great to see people that are taking up for John, god bless all of you. His family still needs all our prayers and so does he. Hopefully the truth will set him FREE!!!!!!!! The judge will hopefully let this man out he was defending himself honestly.
  • by Anonymous Location: pulaski on Jan 4, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    that john man was not in the wrong for defending himself. Any Normal Person would defend them self for their lives no matter what the conquences are.
  • by Anonymous Location: Burnside KY on Jan 4, 2008 at 04:28 PM
    Although I disagree with some of the opinions posted on this site, I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I hope to receive the same respect. I am total agreement with the person who posted a prior comment. I too know John personally and I have not one bad thing to say about this man. He is a well educated, Church going, loving man. There is absolutely nothing that John wouldn't do to try and help anyone who he cared about. As far as what happened that night, I don't think John intentionally harmed Mr. Miller. He was personally invited to the residence, if the family hated him so badly, why invite him over and let him in your house? Things just don't add up. John and his family are in my prayers and I pray that police investigate this matter thoroughly and without bias, because the John I know would never harm anyone. I agree there is much more to this story, and pray the truth will set him free. God bless John and his family.
  • by Troubled Location: Burnside on Jan 4, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    That doesn't even look like John. That picture was taken right after he was arrested and he was no doubt in shock by what had just happened. I'm sure you would look bad in the worst moment of your life too. John is a great guy and I've known him and his family for many years and they are all very kind and loving and would do anything for you. His family is horrified by what has happened and there is much more to the story than what is told on the news and in the papers. You shouldn't judge someone unless you have the whole story. He was indeed engaged to the Miller's daughter no matter what she says. She still has the engagement ring he bought her. As for the gun, lots of people carry guns wheather they have a permit or not. If he didn't have the gun that night he would more than likely been the one shot.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    death role is not what is needed here. why take another life? I love the Lester family they are huring just the same and grieving too. Look what they are going through too....
  • by Anonymous Location: PULASKI BURNSIDE on Jan 4, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    I think people should lay off John. Look from his point of view? He was invited to a party he has a licines to carry a weapon. carry it. I would. I believe it was a good thing it may have saved his life
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2008 at 01:41 AM
    ok i think that is the dad not the boyfriend
  • by unknown Location: Pulaski (burnside) on Jan 3, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    I know this man John personally! He is a very sweet and loving man. He has been a frind of mine for years! I belive he was set up! He wouldnt kill or hurt anyone he has a great heart and he would help anyone. He was ENGAGED to the Miller's daughter ( they were to get married this month)? Check into that one He bought her rings of engagement. John is a loving man. He is getting judgement from god. Bless him, not judge him. His family are greaving so much right now. They need prayers not negativity. I belive it was self defense. He wouldn't harm a soul. He has a permit to carry a weapon. He carries it everywhere. If I had a licines Id do it too no matter where I went EVEN CHURCH! It can save your life when needed. I don't belive he should get death over this. There is much to this story. It will all come out soon enough.
  • by Anonymous Location: somerset on Jan 3, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    OH MY GOSH!!! is this guy really just 30 years old he looks like he is pushing 50,how can any of you comment on this without knowing any of the details in the shooting it could have been self defense.
  • by johnny Location: ky on Jan 3, 2008 at 03:22 AM
    i dont belive no one should take a.gun to a party.if they think there is going to be trouble then they should stay home.i dont know about this party where they were drinking or not.but when there is a lot of people drinking then there is going to be i belive you should leave your gun at home.i am not saying they were drinking here.but to bring a gun you are asking for trouble
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