Prosecutors to seek death penalty against alleged Warren Co murderer

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 5:51 PM

(KMOV.com) --  Authorities said they will seek the death penalty against a man who allegedly stabbed two people to death and injured two others - including his wife - in Warren County in February.

Shawn Kavanagh, 23, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of armed criminal action, first-degree assault, first-degree domestic assault and first-degree burglary.

Police said Kavanagh went to a house in the 26000 block of Humber Rd. to see his estranged wife, who had been staying at the home with several friends.

Authorities said Kavanagh was asked to leave, but instead stabbed three females, including his wife. Kavanagh then allegedly stabbed an 8-year-old boy who tried to fend him off.

Two of the women, Tara Fifer, 22, and Lexy Vandiver, 29, were pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect's wife, Jessica Kavanagh, and the 8-year-old were taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Authorities also found an 18-month-old girl unharmed inside the home.

Prosecutor Jennifer Batlett told News 4 she is seeking the death penalty. Records provided by the circuit clerk's office found the last death penalty case in Warren County was held in 1979.

A neighbor of the victims told News 4 he believes the death penalty is appropriate punishment.

"It shook us up quite a bit, we don't have things happen like that in the middle of nowhere," Gerald Dempsey said. "I would not like to think that this huy could skip along, get a life term or do some kind of plea barganining because I don't believe in that. He should die for what he did."

 

 

 

 

    

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