Police: Boy killed, mom thrown off cliff over $200 - KMOV.com

Police: Boy killed, mom thrown off cliff over $200

Posted: Updated:
James Spoonamore (CBS News) James Spoonamore (CBS News)

McKEE, Ky. (AP) — Police say a man killed a 5-year-old boy and brutally attacked his mother, pushing her off a 77-foot cliff in eastern Kentucky, over $200.

Media report Kentucky State Police detective Charles Brandenburg testified Monday during a preliminary hearing in Jackson County District Court that 41-year-old Lonnie Belt thought the boy's stepfather had stolen the money from him. The stepfather, David Durham, has denied the accusation.


Read: Cops: Missing Kentucky boy found dead after mom was thrown from cliff 


Brandenburg testified that Belt told police he had planned to hold the two hostage until the money was repaid. The detective said he didn't know why Belt instead severely injured 29-year-old Jessica Durham on Sept. 8, but the suspect indicated that he killed James Spoonamore because he witnessed the attack.

A judge sent the case to the grand jury. Belt faces multiple charges, including murder.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Ann Wedgeworth, known for 'Three's Company' role, dies at 83

    Ann Wedgeworth, known for 'Three's Company' role, dies at 83

    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:27 PM EST2017-11-19 01:27:09 GMT
    In this June 4, 1978 file photo, actress Ann Wedgeworth poses at Sardi's restaurant following the 32nd Annual Tony Awards in New York City. (AP Photo/File)In this June 4, 1978 file photo, actress Ann Wedgeworth poses at Sardi's restaurant following the 32nd Annual Tony Awards in New York City. (AP Photo/File)

    Actress Ann Wedgeworth played Lana Shields on "Three's Company." She was 83.

    More >

    Actress Ann Wedgeworth played Lana Shields on "Three's Company." She was 83.

    More >
  • David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' superstar, in critical condition

    David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' superstar, in critical condition

    Saturday, November 18 2017 6:28 PM EST2017-11-18 23:28:49 GMT
    This Aug. 8, 2009 file photo shows actor-singer David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," arrives at the ABC Disney Summer press tour party in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)This Aug. 8, 2009 file photo shows actor-singer David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," arrives at the ABC Disney Summer press tour party in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

    David Cassidy, the wildly popular '70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV's "The Partridge Family," is in critical condition with organ failure.

    More >

    David Cassidy, the wildly popular '70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV's "The Partridge Family," is in critical condition with organ failure.

    More >
  • New Roy Moore accuser: He grabbed me 'on my buttocks'

    New Roy Moore accuser: He grabbed me 'on my buttocks'

    Saturday, November 18 2017 3:11 PM EST2017-11-18 20:11:15 GMT

    A new accuser is coming forward. "It was so uncomfortable," Tina Johnson told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday, referring to Moore's behavior during a meeting she and her mother had with him in 1991, when Johnson was 28.

    More >

    A new accuser is coming forward. "It was so uncomfortable," Tina Johnson told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday, referring to Moore's behavior during a meeting she and her mother had with him in 1991, when Johnson was 28.

    More >
Powered by Frankly