County magistrate involved in attempted murder suicide

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A Clay County community is in shock after a magistrate stabbed his wife and then turned a gun on himself.

It all started when James "Jimbo" Lyttle's two sons called 9-1-1 claiming their mother had fallen and accidentally stabbed herself, which is also what Mr. Lyttle told police.

A stabbing and shooting broke the silence Wednesday morning in a seemingly quiet neighborhood in Manchester.

It was a call police did not expect coming from a home they have never had trouble out of.

Police say they never dreamed James Lyttle could be the center of such a violent crime.

"When I woke up this morning and heard it, I couldn't believe it but things happen," said Gilbert Spurlock.

Lyttle, nicknamed "Jimbo," who was a county magistrate also working for the school board and owned a tobacco shop led what seemed like a happy life with his wife and two sons.

"He was just so well liked, and that's what's hard to understand is the type of person he was," said Clay County Judge-Executive Joe Asher.

What lead up to Lyttle stabbing his wife several times with a large kitchen knife and then taking his own life in a shed just across the street is what police are continuing to investigate.

"It was very unexpected. I never would have dreamed this would have happened to Mr. Lyttle and his family," said Manchester Police Chief Chris Fultz.

People who knew Lyttle are still shocked and are praying Lyttle's wife Sharon pulls through.

"I hope she makes it. She didn't deserve that. Nobody deserves that," said Spurlock.

But the whole incident remains a mystery to those in the close knit community on Oak Street.

Sharon Lyttle is in serious condition at UK Hospital where she underwent surgery this morning.

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