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Kentucky Woman Faces Prison After Mother Found Dead With Her Throat Slashed Following Family Argument

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Source: Laurel County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Feb. 23 2023, Published 1:14 p.m. ET

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A woman has admitted to the role she played in her mother’s death almost five years ago in Kentucky, officials said.

Christie Elizabeth McFadden, 32, pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of Sherry Rose in 2018, WYMT reported.

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“She will serve 27 years on the murder charge, five years on the tampering charge and five years on the abuse charge,” Commonwealth's Attorney Jackie Steele said, noting, “The two five-year sentences will run concurrent with the murder charge, so she got 27 years.”

According to the Sentinel Echo, Christie McFadden and her husband, Joseph Craig McFadden, lived with the victim at her home in Laurel County.


On June 18 2018, Rose’s coworkers became concerned after she failed to show up to work and they reported her missing.

Neighbors told investigators they had seen Rose’s daughter and son-in-law with cleaning supplies and driving Rose’s vehicle but hadn’t seen the victim for days.

Detectives found what appeared to be blood spots both inside and outside Rose’s home.

Authorities later took the McFaddens into custody and during an interview the couple allegedly admitted they had a dispute with Rose and Joseph McFadden allegedly slashed her neck, police said.

The defendant’s husband was also charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, theft of a vehicle, fleeing and evading police, and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the case.

Prosecutors said they expect to reach a plea deal with Joseph McFadden.

Christie McFadden’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 15.


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