Suspect in Ky. double murder dies; death believed to be related to COVID-19

Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 9:20 AM EST
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man charged in the murder of a Washington County couple has died.

Craig Pennington was being held in the Marion County Detention Center for the 2016 double murder of Crystal Warner and Bobby Jones.

Craig Pennington faces 11 charges in connection to the disappearance of Robert Jones and...
Craig Pennington faces 11 charges in connection to the disappearance of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner.(WKYT)

Officials at the detention center tell us Pennington was taken to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon on December 11 and then transferred to Norton Hospital in Louisville on December 26.

According to officials, Pennington died Monday afternoon.

We’re told Pennington’s death is believed to be related to COVID-19.

Court records say Pennington had pleaded not guilty to the murders and was scheduled for a pretrial conference on Jan. 15. Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty against him.

The father and sister of Bobby Jones both said they were relieved to not have to go back to court, but they also said this process went on much longer than it should have.

Bobby’s father, Bill Jones, told us they’ve been grieving for almost five years as the case worked its way through the legal system.

“We wouldn’t want to try to pass judgment on anybody, that’s God’s department. But we are so relieved that this court and all that is come to an end,” Bill Jones said.

Becky Isom, Bobby’s sister, told us the one thing she did want was a chance to hear the truth, about why the two were killed. Something she doesn’t think she’ll get now that Pennington is dead.

“Crystal was just as sweet. Tiniest little thing in the world,” Isom said. “I don’t understand what was going through his mind and why he would think that that was, that’s what he had to do. Why murder them?”

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