Murder Suspect Appears in Court

A man charged with murdering a local teacher was in court Tuesday. Officials say an attorney for Kelvin Richardson asked the judge if he could visit the defendant in person instead of virtually. The hearing on that motion was continued to April 7 at 9:30 am. In August, a trial date was scheduled for May 3, 2022. Richardson is accused of fatally shooting Carrie McCord, a local special education teacher, in her yard in May of 2020. At the time of his arrest, officers found a handgun they say he used in the shooting. Richardson had been released from prison on parole and assigned to Keeton Correctional Center in Paducah in February of 2019. Detectives said Richardson told them McCord had tried to help him adjust to life after being released from prison, but she later took out a protective order against him after he began causing her problems. He faces charges of first-degree murder, fleeing or evading police, possession of a handgun by a felon, and violation of a protective order.

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