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Commonwealth's Attorney preparing for trial of suspect in Owensboro triple homicide

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 23:58:03-05

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's now been one year now since a triple homicide took place in Owensboro at a home on Audubon Avenue.

In January of 2019 Owensboro Police went to the home to perform a welfare check and found four people shot inside.

The victims were identified as Jay Sowders, Robbie Smith, Chris Carrie, and Carmen Vanegas. Vanegas was the only one who survived.

Two men, Cylar Shemwell and Arnett Baines, were each charged with three counts of murder and a single count of assault in the first degree.

Commonwealth's Attorney Bruce Kuegel says they're working through the case as his office prepares for trial.

"These types of crimes they're just they're not usual throughout the country," Kuegel said. "And, you know, for it to happen here in Owensboro, it's even more, more shocking."

Both men have been given a notice for the death penalty in this case.

Cylar Shemwell is set to have his pre-trial conference on January 27. Arnett Baines' trail is scheduled to start March 8, 2 2021.