Nearly eight months after a western Kentucky guidance counselor and coach was killed, her husband is now formally charged with murder. A Henderson County grand jury last week indicted 36-year-old Steven Cotter on a charge of wanton murder.
Michelle Cotter was fatally shot in her home on May 15th 2012, the last day of the school year in Henderson county where she was a dance instructor. The 38-year-old Cotter was also the guidance counselor at College View Middle School in Daviess County.
According to police, the morning of her death, Michelle's husband, Steven Cotter, called 911. When officers arrived, they found Michelle with a gunshot wound to the chest and her husband in the home with a firearm.
On Monday, approximately 1,000 students at Henderson County High School will hear about the consequences of prescription drug abuse. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, will speak to students.
Ingram told WKU Public Radio that an alarming number of teens have been experimenting with prescription medications in the state and region. He says that experimentation is especially dangerous because many young people are taking medications that may interact with other pills they have taken. State officials in Kentucky say autopsy results from those dying from prescription overdose frequently find that a "cocktail" mixture of pills.
People in the Henderson area will have a chance Monday to give their opinions on a new area code that will be needed in western Kentucky in early 2014. The Kentucky Public Service Commission is holding meetings in several cities on the issue.