Uncle accused of killing niece

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

A Pike County man is charged with the murder of his niece.

Witnesses say David Ratliff shot and killed Rachel Ratliff in the community of Regina early Saturday morning.

One neighbor, who would not go on camera, says the uncle and niece fought often, and she called police to the area more than once. Someone first called KSP Pikeville at 7:28 about an incident.

"The dispatchers were able to tell from the call that some type of disturbance was going on there," Trooper Mike Goble said.

Troopers immediately left for Frankie Fork Road in Regina. However, they were too late.

"Upon entering the residence, found the body of Rachel Lee Ratliff," Goble said.

Witnesses say David Ratliff shot his niece and next-door neighbor Rachel Ratliff in the face, killing her almost instantly. When police arrived on the scene, David Ratliff was exiting through the back door. Though they were able to arrest him, he was possessing a handgun.

"They secured the area and evacuated any and all people that were in the residence," Goble said.

People including a six-year-old boy, and Rachel Ratliff's boyfriend. Goble says it is likely alcohol was involved, but there are still a lot of details to sort out.

"Our detectives are still investigating at the scene, and we're trying to learn all the circumstances around what went on," Goble said.

One neighbor says that although she could hear the two scream at each other on occasion, she never expected something like this to happen.

David Ratliff is currently in custody at the Pike County Detention Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.


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  • by Justice on Jan 5, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    Such a shame that a child had to loose its mother, a mother and father had to loose a daughter, a sister had to loose a sister, and friends and to say goodbye to a friend to soon. My prayers are with the six year old child that is learning to deal with the loss of his mother, and everyone who loves and misses this child;s mother. Hopefully justice will ensure this womans death does not go unpunished.
  • by apples Location: lolkk on Jan 5, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    i9 knew Rachael she use to date my brother, now he has to live the rest of his life knowing what he done to his niece. i hope it bothers his.
  • by wild bill Location: pikeville on Jan 4, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    You know they are not trying to blame this on drinking.I have been drunk many of times and I never wanted to shoot one of my family members.I wonder what the rest of the story is?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM
    i have no word to say cause david is my uncle an rachel is my first cousin i love them both dearly he will pay for what he did an hope he does. marion chaney
  • by Teresa Location: Louisa on Jan 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM
    You can read about it here as well, and see picture of the girl and him, he's such a loser http://www.q95fm.net/pages/3675524.php
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    what was the age of the girl?
  • by Honestly Location: Knott on Jan 3, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    Stupid people,So much happening with home invasions and every day deaths why kill your own family.

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