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Police: Drug Deal Ruse, ‘Unknown’ Suspect At-Large In Murder Of Pregnant Woman

Posted at 12:42 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 13:57:31-04

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police say a drug transaction used as a ruse for a robbery lead to the shooting in Anderson County that left a pregnant woman and her unborn baby dead, and one “unknown” suspect remains at-large.

Authorities arrested 33-year-old Derrick Morris and 20-year-old Jonathan Harley in connection with the April 9 robbery and shooting at a home in the 300 block of Saffell Street.

Kentucky State Police said officers were called to the home by a 911 call reporting a shooting. Police found 22-year-old Lauryn Kinne, who was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, mortally wounded with a gunshot to the chest.

Emergency crews took Kinne to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Her unborn baby also did not survive.

A male at home at the time was pistol-whipped and wounded by gunfire to his shoulder, police said.

According to an arrest citation, Harley had arrived at the home and then minutes later two masked men entered “demanding valuables.”

A witness told police that the men used a ruse of wanting to buy marijuana and ecstasy, with a plan to rob the residents once they gained entry to the home. Morris was identified as the gunman but the other man is described in the citations as “unknown.”

Morris was charged with murder and first-degree robbery. Harley was charged with first-degree robbery. Both were being held in the Shelby County Detention Center.