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A Richmond, Ky. man is dead and two Dry Ridge men are in jail after a 92-year-old Verona man said the trio broke into his home on Sept. 3.
Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell, 24, died after being shot in the chest by Earl Jones, a Boone County farmer.
Ryan Dalton, 22, and Donnie Inabnit, 20, are charged with second degree burglary and tampering with evidence after police said they moved Maxwell’s body from Jones’ home on Violet Road.
Jones told police he was watching television shortly after 2 a.m. when he heard a loud noise in his basement.
He retrieved his .22 caliber rifle and waited in his living room with the gun in his lap.
Jones said 15 minutes later, he heard footsteps coming up the stairs, so he took aim and when the door was kicked open, he fired a single shot, which hit the man in the chest.
Jones told the Kentucky Enquirer, “I aimed right for his heart.”
The men fled Jones’ frame home and Jones called a neighbor, who dialed 911.
A short time later, the Kenton County police responded to a call on Courtney Road about a man who had been shot. Police found Maxwell dead and Dalton and Inabnit inside a 2001 Chevrolet Impala.
Police said they took Dalton and Inabnit to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, where they admitted their involvement in the burglary on Violet Road.
When police arrived at Jones’ home, they found the outside basement door ajar but no one home other than Jones.
Jones has lived alone since his wife, Hazel Jones, died in 2006. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1946.
The break-in was the third Jones has experienced on his farm this year. In April, thieves stole 90 head of cattle from a field behind his house. In August, burglars took a TV, a few thousand dollars cash and a personal check from his house. They also ripped the phone out of his wall.
“I can’t leave the damn house to do my work outside,” he said.
Police took the rifle used in the shooting. The incident remains under investigation.
(Some information for this story was taken from an article that appeared in the Kentucky Enquirer on Sept. 5, written by Mark Curnette, that was made available through the Kentucky News Service, operated by the Kentucky Press Association.)