Woman shot in murder-suicide; Franklin County Sheriff investigating

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 13:28:18-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Sheriff's Deputies in Franklin County were called to a home on Tamworth Lane in Frankfort last night. Upon arrival, they discovered the bodies of 39-year-old Carmelita Lashaun Wright and 43-year-old Lorenzo Andrew Simpson.

According to police and the coroner's autopsy, Simpson shot Wright multiple times before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. The couple's young daughter was inside the home when it happened.

"She's the true victim," Sheriff Chris Quire said of the girl. "This is something she's going to have to live with for the rest of her life, and it's unfortunate," he continued before offering prayers for all three people involved.

Quire said police had been called to the couple's home on two prior occasions to resolve domestic disputes, but nothing violent, nor anything severe enough to result in any arrests. The incident continues, what Quire said, has been a disturbing trend since the coronavirus outbreak began in America.

"We ran our numbers a month or so ago, and our domestics, and disturbances and family disputes are up due to the fact that a lot of folks are home, and their kids are there," he said.

Quire said that the department would continue its investigation despite this being a crime that won't result in charges.

"We want to know, and do believe there was some alcohol involved, at least in the male subject. That can be one of the leading factors, but we still want to put the puzzle together to see why," Quire said.

The couple's child is now with family members.