HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - A small-town Kentucky mayor was shot dead
early Monday in his home, and the police chief said it stemmed from
a dispute with the stepson of a woman the mayor had dated.
Hickman Police Chief Tony Grogan said 30-year-old Thomas Joseph
"Tommy" Lattus walked into the police department around 1 a.m.
CST and said that he had just shot Mayor Charles Murphy. An officer
went to Murphy's home and found the mayor's body in the bedroom.
Murphy was 68.
Grogan said Lattus broke into the side door of Murphy's house
and killed him with a shotgun. Multiple shots were fired, but
Grogan wouldn't say how many times Murphy was hit.
Lattus has been charged with murder and is being held at the
Fulton County Jail, where records do not indicate whether he has an
attorney. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
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