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Kentucky Man Indicted on Triple Murder on College Campus

Feb 18, 2013

A Perry County man who police say shot and killed three people in a domestic dispute at a Kentucky college has been indicted on three murder charges.

WYMT-TV in Hazard  reported that the indictment was handed down against Dalton Stidham, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police said Stidham killed his former girlfriend and two of her family members in the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College on Jan. 15.

The chairman of the Kentucky House Education Committee said arming teachers should be considered a last resort as a way of making schools safer.

The Courier-Journal reports Midway Democrat Carl Rollins made the remarks during a meeting of a new state subcommittee on school safety.

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings--which took the lives of 20 students and six adults--the head of the National Rifle Association and some gun rights supporting politicians said the answer to gun violence in schools was to have armed security guards at every school in the country.

Others have suggested that arming teachers and administrators would be a deterrent to school shooters.

Rollins said allowing school personnel to carry weapons would likely just open the door to increased accidents on school campuses.

New details are emerging from Tuesday's deadly shooting at an eastern Kentucky community college.

A gunman fired into a vehicle, killing a man and a woman and wounding a 12-year-old girl late Tuesday, and police have charged a 21-year-old with murder and attempted murder in the incident, blaming it on a domestic dispute.

The violence in a college parking lot locked down the campus for more than an hour as police searched the two buildings of Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, in southeast Kentucky. The campus was closed Wednesday.

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The man who shot and killed three classmates at a Paducah High School in 1997 has lost a bid to withdraw his guilty plea. The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cinncinati ruled Thursday that 29-year-old Michael Carneal could have acted sooner to seek a new trial.  The unanimous opinion upholds a 2011 ruling by a federal judge who denied Carneal’s request.

Carneal shot into a prayer circle at Heath High School in Paducah, killing three classmates and wounding five others. 

Attorneys for Carneal, who was 14 at the time of the shooting, argued he was mentally unfit to accept responsibility for the crime. Carneal pled guilty in 1998 and did not ask to withdraw the plea until 2009. 

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office argued the appeal was not timely and therefore his conviction and life sentence should stand.

In the wake of last week's shooting death of 26 people at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is joining a chorus of public officials who say a national debate on gun control and mental health is needed.

Beshear is typically friendly to the National Rifle Association -- and he wouldn't comment Thursday on specific proposals. But Beshear said Thursday that he's keeping an open mind about the gun control issue.

“And I think it says to all of us, whether you’re in public office or in the private sector, that we all ought to be open to looking and thinking about any and all options out there to protect our children,” he said.

The governor also says the issue must be discussed on a national level, because state-by-state regulations would have a weak effect.