Woman Dies Two Years After Shooting

By: Jermont Terry Email
By: Jermont Terry Email

A southern Kentucky woman suffered for two years, paralyzed after her ex-boyfriend shot her four times.

Today, Lori Epperson lost her battle.

The Pulaski County woman died from complications of her injuries. Now, her family wants the man convicted of shooting her charged with murder, but it's not that simple.

Epperson's family says she ended one abusive relationship only to jump into another. But Lori's relationship with Timothy Harrison ended with 4 gunshots, one to the head. It was a crime her family says ultimately took her life .

Harrison has already served a year in prison. He's required to serve at least 13 of the 15 year sentence. Epperson's brother says if Harrison ever comes up for parole he will see to it the board knows about his sister's struggle.

The office of the Commonwealth's Attorney says if there was a way to know these complications would have arrived they would have went for more charges, but the assault conviction stands.


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  • by gennaro Location: toronto,canada on May 12, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    My heart goes out to my family of lori i did not know her,but i feel there pain,timothy hope you rotten in jail
  • by Anonymous Location: somerset on May 1, 2007 at 09:20 PM
    ILL BE PRAY FOR HER FAMILY....
  • by REBECCA Location: NORTH CAROLINA on May 1, 2007 at 08:49 PM
    OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILES. SHE CAN WALK AND RUN NOW.
  • by REBECCA Location: NORTH CAROLINA on May 1, 2007 at 08:46 PM
    OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU.
  • by Marilynn Location: Somerset, Ky on May 1, 2007 at 05:50 PM
    May God's grace richly bless the grieving family.
  • by Hannah Location: Georgetown, KY on May 1, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    I worked with Lori at Cardinal Hill, and I became very close with her. She took one of her outting days and bought me maternity clothes when I was pregnant. I took care of Lori 2 times while she was there, and in that time, I made a friend. I sat with her while she cried and explained to me that she was so afraid to close her eyes, in fear of that man, and how she struggled with the many questions that one could ask with her injury, "am I going to walk again, do you think there is a chance, what do you think will happen with me.." It broke my heart. If they don't go for more charges against that son-of-a-you-know-what, then no one in judicial system has a heart. That lady suffered through not only physical trauma, but mental trauma. I loved Lori to death, and I wish I could take away the hurt she went through. I can honestly say that this world has lost a great person... and regardless of what they do with him, the people that know her will will always grieve. I hope he gets everything he deserves... but in the same instance, I just wish we had Lori back. No one deserves what she was dealt. I love you Lori. R.I.P.1
  • by Barbara Location: Somerset on May 1, 2007 at 02:56 PM
    the sad thing is now even after this awful crime to this family Is that Lori had a son who will suffer everyday with-out his mother We are so sorry for there loss
  • by Susan Location: Somerset on May 1, 2007 at 02:43 PM
    I was on the jury last year which convicted Mr. Harrison of first degree assault. I believe, if her death was indeed the result of the gunshot wounds, he should now be charged with her murder.
  • by Concerned Resident Location: Somerset on May 1, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    I don't think 13 or 15 years is a long enough period for Timothy to stay in jail. This woman was shot and lead a wheelchair bound life for 2 years and then her suffering came to an end when she perished all due to this violent man. He killed a person; others who kill people get life, so why is he getting 13-15? Everyone knows when a person is shot complications can/will arrive and they should have taken that into consideration when the judgment was put forth. Just because the women was not dead at the time of the shooting doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t die later....like after the judgment. We need better laws to protect these people and there families. I am sure the family of this poor woman will feel real safe if and when this man gets out of jail.
  • by elizabeth Location: Racine Wisconsin on May 1, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    I think that is deplorable that he is getting off that easily. Abuse is a hard thing to avoid and even if she got into another bad situation. The court system in Kentucky rewards abusers and that is not fair. Because men and women in that position is not given the proper help then nothing is going to change. My prayers do go out to the epperson family. Why do they not make the laws tuffer and why is always based on whether or not the victim was in a prior relationship that was abusive, maybe she thought he would be different. I feel this is an outrage that should be fixed. I was a victim myself and I understand the way the laws in kentucky are just to give the perpertrator a slap on the wrist while the victims could and in this case lose there life and they are worried about the victim's past. That is like a rape victim being put on trial for being assaulted. Should we allow them to get away with that. Look at there past not the victims.
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