911 Tape: Father admits to shooting daughter's boyfriend

It is a chilling 911 call detailing the moments after a man was shot and killed in Corbin.

It happened Monday. Police say Bill Cox shot his daughter's boyfriend, Ryan Abner.

During the call, Cox admits to shooting Abner and says he expects to go to prison.

Bill Cox called 911 around 1:45 Monday afternoon.

"What's going on?" asked the dispatcher.
"I shot a guy," Cox answered.
"You just shot the guy? What did you shoot him for?" said the dispatcher.
"He said he was going to kill me. I was sitting up here waiting on him," Cox answered.

Cox was describing what happened on Forest Circle Drive, where he lived.
Cox told 911 dispatchers he shot and killed his 15-year-old daughter's boyfriend, 21-year-old Ryan Abner.

"He'd been hitting my daughter; see he got a kid by my daughter. He's been hitting her, beating her up. I just got tired of it," Cox told the dispatcher.

Police say Abner was in his SUV on the street. He was shot several times.

"Can you still see him?" asked the dispatcher.
"No, he's dead. I shot him good, made sure he's dead," said Cox.
"He's dead?" asked the dispatcher.
"Yeah, I may go to prison over it, but he's gotta stop beating on my daughter and stuff," Cox said.

Then Cox's daughter can be heard on the 911 call.

"You killed him! You killed him!" she screamed.
"I know honey. I meant to," Cox said. "I'm glad he's dead by God. Won't have to worry about nobody else."

Cox told dispatchers Abner threatened his life before the shooting.

"I tell you what. I might go to prison over this but it's worth it," Cox told the dispatcher.

He remained on the phone with dispatch until police arrived, then he surrendered.

Ryan Abner's mother denies the allegations her son beat Cox's daughter.

Cox pleaded not guilty to murder and wanton endangerment charges. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on August 28th. Bond is set at $250,000.


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