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Couple threatens killing spree over custody of grandchildren

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By Shannon Brock

Two Bloomfield grandparents were arrested last week after a family member told the sheriff’s department they threatened to go “on a killing spree” if they lost custody of their grandchildren.

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Richard L. and April L. Lott, of Dryden Road in Bloomfield, were each charged with retaliating against a participant in the legal process and were arrested Dec. 16.
According to the warrant of arrest for Richard Lott, a familiy member told Spencer County Sheriff’s Detective Tony Mattingly that Richard Lott “stated that if he loses his grandchildren to adoption that he will be going on a killing spree, shooting all involved to include judges, attorney[s], case workers and possibly the foster parents.”
The family member said April Lott told her “she knew both the work and home addresses of the intended victims ... [and] they are stored either on a laptop or cell phone owned by the [Lotts].”
The family member also told police Richard Lott owned a lot of guns and ammunition.
The alleged threats were made Dec. 9, and the Sheriff’s Department spent the next week investigating to find probable cause to issue a search warrant and arrest warrants, Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said.
Mattingly said any time something is verbally stated, the investigation can take time to make sure the threat is viable.
The couple’s two grandchildren lived in another Kentucky county, Stump and Mattingly said, but because the Lotts live in Spencer County, the matter also came up in Spencer County Family Court.
During the search of the Lott residence, Stump said the sheriff’s department located items that could contain the list of addresses of the potential victims, but said those items would be processed as evidence through a crime lab.
Mattingly said any potential victim has been made aware of the situation.
“We want them to look over their shoulders, too,” Stump said.
Both Richard and April Lott are now out of custody and are scheduled to be arraigned in Spencer District Court on Jan. 24, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.