More Details Released on Alleged Murders in Murray
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY - Names of the victims have been released in what is described by police as a double murder Thursday night.

Murray Police told KFVS-TV that 37-year-old Tera Todd and 77-year-old Evelyn Scott lived together in the home on Catalina Drive, and Todd was a caretaker for the older woman, who reportedly had Alzheimer's disease.

Police responded at 9:47 pm Thursday, when a neighbor called after coming home and finding Todd's body in the doorway of their garage. when police went next door, they discovered Scott's body. They also found 51-year-old Shannon Scott in the bathroom with blood on his hands. Police told KFVS he was Tera's boyfriend, and had been to the home often. He is not related to Evelyn Scott.

Officers took Scott into custody, and he is charged with two counts of murder and one count each of first-degree burglary, tampering with physical evidence and animal cruelty.

Police say they believe the man forced his way into the home, breaking a door chain in the process. They say it appears he stabbed Todd several times, then slit Scott's throat and strangled a small dog that belonged to one of the women.

KFVS reports that a blood trail found by police indicates Todd fled the home and went to the neighbor's front door before collapsing near the garage, where she was found.

A knife covered with blood and hair was reportedly found in Evelyn's kitchen, and police say it appears that Shannon tried to clean up in the shower, and a mop was found with blood on its handle. Shannon Scott's left thumb was still bleeding from a fresh cut, according to police, and he also had blood on his clothing.

Autopsies were scheduled to be performed on the women's bodies on Friday.

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Published 07:24 AM, Saturday Feb. 09, 2019
Updated 08:01 AM, Sunday Feb. 10, 2019