Editor Held at Gunpoint in Kentucky — After Murder

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A central Kentucky man accused of killing his wife and later holding his editor brother at gunpoint at a newspaper office was arrested Wednesday on murder charges, police said.

John Todd, 62, turned himself in to deputies at the Fayette County sheriff?s department.

He allegedly shot a woman in an area home then went to the Richmond Register newspaper Wednesday and pointed a gun at his brother, the paper’s editor.

Following the shooting, Todd showed up at the Register and asked to meet with his brother, editor Jim Todd, said the paper’s assistant editor, Lorie Love. The two stayed in the editor’s office for about 90 minutes behind closed doors, she said, before they walked to John Todd’s van parked behind the newspaper building, which is about 30 miles south of Lexington.

Afterward, the editor told colleagues his brother had held him at gunpoint.

“We weren’t aware of anything going on,” Love said. “It’s very common for someone to go into Jim’s office and stay an hour and a half.”

Even after his brother left the building, Jim Todd received multiple phone calls from him on his cell phone – one in Love’s presence, she said. Police had recommended that Todd and his family go to an undisclosed location to hide, Love said.

“We always try to err on the side of safety,” Reardon said. “With him already alleged possibly killing his wife, we’re not sure what his mindset was.”


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