Murder Suspect Told Police He Saw Skulls Before Shooting

McCreary County, KY (WVLT) - A man accused of killing his mother and trying to kill his father, then leading police on a chase into Campbell County, apparently told officers of seeing skulls and people on fire before the shooting.

Phil Pendelton, from our sister station WYMT, talked to investigators about the case.

For weeks, police were mum on why Dustin Cordell may have shot his mother to death and severely wounded his father.

But, in a preliminary hearing, that silence was broken.

"Said he heard something in his parents room," said Detective Doug Boyd.

Boyd said that before shooting his parents, Cordell had snorted and injected 80 milligrams of oxycontin.

What Cordell says he saw in his parents bedroom sounds like something out of a science fiction horror flick.

"Said he walked over to their bed, stood over them and he saw people on fire. He said he saw skulls on fire," said Det. Boyd.

Boyd says Cordell was scared and started shooting.

"And he told me and Sheriff Skinner that the skulls were going to get him and his mom and dad. So he pulled the pistol out of his pocket and started shooting at the skulls," said Boyd.

Police say dustin's mother, Candi died instantly.

His father, anthony survived a gunshot wound to the face.

During cross examination, Cordell's attorney asked if there was any other possible motive.

Boyd said one based on speculation had to deal with greed.

Besides telling police of his son's drug problem, Boyd said Anthony Cordell had recently informed Dustin of his inheritance.

"That Dustin was made aware, him and his sister, in the event of his death, that he and his sister stand to inherit a trust, a large amount of money," said Boyd.

Judge Prewitt decided that there's overwhelming evidence and forwarded the case to a grand jury.

And a request for bond was denied.

If Cordell is indicted on murder charges, prosecutors may have the option of seeking the death penalty.


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