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Prosecutors say four hairs found at the scene of a double-fatal shooting in Dec. 2011 could yield details about the day a Westport man claims two sisters attacked him with a knife.
Ronald T. “Ronnie” Evridge, 58, faces two murder charges and one count tampering with physical evidence for the Dec. 2011 fatal shooting of a pregnant woman and her sister.
Evridge claims he shot Heather Faulkerson, 21, and Sandy Allen, 24, after they attacked him with a knife at his residence on 18-Mile Creek Road in Westport on Dec. 18, 2011, according to records filed in Oldham circuit court.
Prosecutors have filed a motion to test four hairs found at the scene, however, officials at the Kentucky State Police crime lab advise that DNA tests will destroy the hairs.
During a hearing April 18, Rob Riley, a La Grange attorney representing Evridge, said “we’d like to know a little bit more about why the testing would be necessary and why it would be necessary to destroy all four hairs.”
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Barry Moore said prosecutors dealt with a similar issue in 2010 while preparing for a murder trial.
Moore said if human tissue is attached to hair, a DNA test is possible. But hair length limits lab testing, he said.
Oldham Circuit Judge Karen Conrad asked if four hairs collected at the scene are believed to be from the same person.
Riley said it is unclear where the hair was found at Evridge’s residence.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Courtney Baxter had argued a criminal sex abuse trial in Henry County and was not present for Evridge’s hearing.
Moore represented the Commonwealth in her absence.
“For our purposes, we have a right to have whatever we have tested,” Moore said.
If evidence could be destroyed during testing, Moore said, prosecutors give notice to the defense for the opportunity to have another expert present.
Evidence may only be tested with a judge’s order.
Conrad will soon hear arguments from prosecutors and Evridge’s attorney about the need for DNA testing.
Riley has argued that Evridge was simply “standing his ground” when he shot Allen and Fulkerson at his residence, a two-story barn located in an area known as Covington Ridge.
Evridge claims the women tried to rob him, and he suffered knife wounds during an altercation. Court records show that Evridge’s injuries required surgery.
He claims the two women had befriended him to exploit him for money.
According to court records, Allen allegedly attacked Evridge with a knife while her pregnant sister, Faulkerson, attempted to shoot him.
Evridge claims they had been feuding over credit cards and cash, according to court documents.
Police found Faulkerson, deceased, with a weapon in her hand at the scene. Investigators found gun shot residue on the hands of both women, according to court documents.
State law protects victims of robbery who use justifiable force to protect themselves, and Riley has argued in the past that charges against Evridge should be dismissed.
An Oldham County grand jury indicted Evridge in May.
Local police reportedly nicknamed Evridge “Teflon Ron” because criminal charges filed against him in prior years didn’t stick and were dismissed.
His criminal history dates back to 1995, including multiple drug charges, menacing and domestic violence charges.
In early 2011, Evridge had been arrested for menacing, terroristic threatening, harassment and wanton endangerment. A judge placed him on probation and prohibited him from possessing firearms.
But police received a 911 call in March 2011 when Evridge allegedly threatened to shoot his neighbor’s Pomeranian.
When police arrived, Evridge resisted arrest and SWAT team members tried to coax him outside. Police eventually used a TASER weapon to subdue him.
During his arrest, Evridge allegedly told police he had guns that could penetrate through five or six police officers.
He said, “Be lucky I didn’t have a gun, I would’ve shot you” and “If you like your life you’ll wish you would have never done this.”
Officers seized more than 40 weapons from Evridge’s home, including a .50 caliber handgun and assault rifles.
Evridge also allegedly told officers, “I’ll make blood run down the streets of La Grange,” and, “Next time, we’ll have a stand-off.”
Evridge spent Christmas 2011 in the Oldham County Jail on a probation violation – Allen, one of the women who died at his home, was a known felon convicted of drug possession in earlier in the year.
Evridge was also court-ordered not to possess or purchase any firearms or ammunition during his probation.
Evridge called his probation officer on Dec. 20 and admitted to shooting both women.
He also said he purchased two handguns, a .44 Magnum and a .22 caliber, about 10 days before the shooting.
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