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A Normandy man was charged in the shooting death of his wife Thursday night following a 30-hour investigation by local and state police.
Forty-one-year-old Raymond Revard, of 879 Normandy Station Road, pled not guilty Friday in a Spencer County court to charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Judge Linda Armstrong set his bail at $500,000 and as of Tuesday afternoon, Revard remained housed at Shelby County Detention Center.
Spencer County Sheriff Steve Coulter said there were “a lot of things that made us suspicious” about the incident that was initially called in as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“His statements were not relevant to the evidence that was there,” said Coulter of the alleged murder.
When police arrived at the scene Wednesday morning shortly before noon, they found Revard kneeling down in the kitchen holding a dish towel to his wife’s head.
Once the scene was determined safe by law enforcement, Spencer County EMS entered and discovered Lea Revard, 39, was still breathing and had a weak pulse, said Coulter. Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department set up a landing zone in the adjacent field and Lea Revard was flown by helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
As Revard began to recount what happened that morning for authorities, Coulter said he appeared to be in shock. Revard told police that earlier that morning he had driven one of their two children to the bus stop and then went back to bed. Revard reportedly said he was awakened by the gunshot.
Coulter said Revard denied a request to search the home. Within an hour of questioning the suspect, deputies had obtained a search warrant. Coulter said deputies remained on the scene around the clock until their investigation was complete.
Thursday morning a forensics team from Kentucky State Police arrived and discovered traces of blood that could not be seen with the naked eye, said Coulter.
According to a police report filed by Deputy Russell Cranmer, the team of investigators from Kentucky’s crime lab found evidence blood in the shower.
Coulter also said that KSP provided a laser to determine the trajectory and origin of the single bullet shot.
During the investigation, Coulter said Revard and his two children, ages 9 and 13, stayed with a relative in the county.
“It will be up to child protective services to decide what will happen to the children now,” said Coulter.
Revard told police that despite being laid off from Ford, the family was not in financial trouble. Lea Revard worked as a part-time immediate care nurse. She was described as a mother devoted to her children – one that attended every field trip. Coulter said he had no records of police responding to a domestic disturbance at the home.
“I’m shocked that this would happen in our county,” said Coulter, “but it’s going to happen as our county changes.”
Revard is scheduled to appear this Friday before Judge Donna Dutton in district court for a preliminary hearing.