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Kentucky Man, Facing Eviction, Accused of Fatally Shooting Elderly Landlord

Kentucky Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Elderly Landlord
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Joseph South was facing eviction, so he reportedly went and shot up his landlord's home, officials said.

Mar. 26 2024, Published 12:09 p.m. ET

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Authorities in Kentucky say they arrested a 57-year-old man after he allegedly fatally shot his elderly landlord while the suspect was in the process of being evicted.

On March 23, the Kentucky State Police said they received a call from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office regarding a shooting at a home in Adair County.

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Investigators determined Joseph South was armed with a firearm when he went to the home of his landlord, 86-year-old Earl Coffey, and started shooting multiple rounds into the residence.

During the incident, Coffey sustained fatal gunshot wounds, officials said.

State police said there were four other people inside the home at the time of the shooting, but there were no other injuries.

Officers located South at the scene and he was arrested.

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South was charged with murder and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, officials said.

He was booked into the Adair County Regional Jail and was being held without bond.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

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