Double murder suspect Lillie Stanton’s case went to the grand jury following a brief court appearance this morning.
Stanton, 48, of 233 Vaught Road, returned to Clark County last week following a court-ordered treatment stay at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in June.
This morning, Stanton uttered only a “yes” in court when asked by Judge Brandy Oliver Brown if she understood that she had a right to a preliminary hearing. Other than that, she seemed to be looking at the floor in Clark District Court.
Stanton was sent to KCPC in June after she was determined to be a threat to herself while in the Clark County Detention Center. The order specified that her stay at KCPC would be for treatment only, rather than to determine her competency. That would require a separate motion from her attorneys, the order stated.
According to court documents, Stanton told police following her arrest that she was worried about the upcoming custody hearing for Miers and was afraid the child’s father would get more visitation time. She told investigators that she didn’t have the money to take them to another state and that “killing them was the best thing to do,” according to the arrest citation. Detectives said her statement did not differ from an interview in the hospital the day after the deaths.
Police were called to the residence May 20 after Lillie Stanton’s ex-husband returned home and found the situation. Lillie Stanton was flown from the scene with multiple knife wounds, including some to her wrists and throat. Danel Stanton and Miers were already dead from knife wounds to their necks.
In her interview with police, Lillie Stanton said they were sleeping in their beds May 20 when she took Miers to the basement and cut her throat. After returning the child to bed, Lillie Stanton said she cut Danel Stanton’s throat, but also suffocated her before she died.
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