January 21, 2019
When I read about Owensboro, I think of Rainey Bethea.
If public hangings ended in Owensboro, they could certainly begin there again.
Police have made two arrests in the deaths of three people found shot at a home in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Owensboro police say 30-year-old Arnett B. Baines and 31-year-old Cylar L. Shemwell were each charged Friday with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree assault. Police spokesman Andrew Boggess says investigators believe at least one victim knew those charged.
He says police are still trying to determine a motive. Boggess says the investigation is “far from over,” and police want to interview more people.
Victims in Thursday’s shootings were identified as 43-year-old Jay Michael Sowders, 35-year-old Robert D. Smith Jr. and 18-year-old Christopher Carie. A fourth victim, 35-year-old Carmen R. Vanegas, was wounded.
Jay Michael Sowders, left, and Christopher Carie. The third murder victim, Robert D. Smith Jr., was black.