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Custody exchange bill signed into law


Governor Beshear signed a bill that's designed to make custody exchanges safer.

House Bill 141 was filed after the January shooting in the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College.

53-year-old Jackie Cornett, 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett, and 12-year-old Taylor Cornett died.

Police say the shooting happened during a custody change.

Family members of the victims were on hand for the bill signing.
“It's needed to happen for a long time, if it had been in place, maybe it could have saved my family. Maybe it will help the next one,” Melissa Cornett said.

The bill establishes places such as courthouses and police departments as safe places for custody exchanges.

Judges could order exchanges take place there if necessary.


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