November 5, 2005
Kentucky Accused Found Guilty of Attempting To Murder Ex-wife and Family Court Judge
A Boyle County, Kentucky Circuit jury found Ronnie Cornett guilty on two of three counts of attempted murder Friday night. The jury found that he had attempted to murder his ex-wife, Kathleen Cornett, and Family court Judge, Bruce Petrie. They acquitted him of attempting to murder one of the lawyers who represented Ms. Cornett. Cornett will be sentenced During the trial Cornett readily admitted to jurors that he spent two days preparing to gun down Kathleen Cornett, her attorney and Judge Petrie. Beginning on Nov. 30 at his West Virginia office and apartment, Cornett said he took all the needed steps to carry out his plan. Borrowing an idea he saw in a gun magazine, Cornett said he used his pocketknife to carve out a secret compartment in a stack of notebooks big enough to hold a pistol and extra ammo, which he would place in a folder he could carry into the Boyle County Courthouse for a hearing on Dec. 2. He also tesitified that when he arrived at the courthouse he had “95 percent abandoned the plan.” Source. Mr. Todd Kleffman, The Advocate Messenger, Danville, Ky. Please click here for addition information (last visted November 5, 2005, reo).
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