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.
A preliminary autopsy report concludes Michelle Cotter died from a single gunshot wound and her manner of death was a homicide.The 39 year old Henderson and Daviess County school employee was found shot in her home early Tuesday morning. She later died at a local hospital. Her husband, 36 year old Steven Cotter, remains hospitalized at St. Mary's Medical Center after police used a taser to subdue him at the scene.
The Henderson Police Department tells WKU Public Radio they are preparing to release a statement regarding the murder investigation of Michelle Cotter, the Henderson County schools dance instructor shot to death early Tuesday morning.
A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night at Henderson County High School in honor of Michelle Cotter. She was found shot in her Henderson home early Tuesday morning and later died at Methodist Hospital. Her husband, Steven Cotter, was found inside the home with a gun and was taken into custody.