Almost four months after her daughter and granddaughter were found dead in her home, Lillie Stanton was indicted on two counts of murder for their deaths.
Stanton, 48, of 233 Vaught Road, has been incarcerated since May 20 when the bodies of her daughter, 23-year-old Danel Korey Stanton, and her granddaughter, 22-month-old Kaydence Ray Miers, were found inside her home.
Police said both had fatal knife wounds to their necks. Lillie Stanton later told police that she suffocated Danel Korey Stanton as well.
The deaths occurred three days before a final custody hearing in Clark County Family Court hearing involving Miers, Danel Korey Stanton and the child’s father. In a statement to police, Lillie Stanton said she was afraid the child’s father would be granted more visitation time by the court. She said she did not have enough money to take her daughter and granddaughter outside Kentucky and saw killing them both as her only option.
Lillie Stanton told police that the two were sleeping in the basement when she went downstairs and cut Miers’ throat. After returning her to bed, Lillie Stanton said she cut her daughter’s throat as well, but had to suffocate her until she died. Lillie Stanton then tried to harm herself, cutting her own wrists and neck before the police were called. Police said Lillie Stanton’s ex-husband discovered the scene and called police.
A district court judge ordered her to receive 30 days of mental health treatment at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center after social workers believed she would harm herself. According to the judge’s order, the 30-day stay was for treatment only, not to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.
Stanton remains in the Clark County Detention Center.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
— Henry C. Redmon, resisting arrest (misdemeanor).
— Daniel R. Maxam, second-degree burglary (two counts), third-degree burglary.
— Dwain T. Howard, trafficking in a controlled substance (two counts), first-degree promoting contraband.
— Jesse Burgess, first-degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking.
— Misty Daniel, Larry W. Roe and Edward Lane Moore Jr., first-degree burglary (Daniel and Roe), complicity to commit first-degree burglary (Moore), second-degree persistent felony offender (all).
— Kayshell M. Ray and Dustin R. Frye, trafficking in a controlled substance (Ray), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (Frye).
— William J. Napier, first-degree burglary.
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