Jamie Fowler (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)
SMITHFIELD, KY (WAVE) - A family feud and warring neighbors led to an alleged murder. A man sits in jail accused with shooting his brother-in-law. WAVE 3's Eric Flack went out to the scene to investigate what happened in Henry County.
A press release sent out by Kentucky State Police said the murder happened over a property dispute. The victim's family in the small community of Smithfield said it was a lot more complicated than that.
"I didn't want to walk over on the other side of the truck and see my dead brother laying there," said Mary Fowler.
Just hours after she found her brother dead from a gunshot wound her husband was charged with the murder.
"I have no idea why," Fowler said. "It was self -defense."
But that's not the way Kentucky State Police see it. Jamie Fowler, 57, is being held on a $100,000 bond accused of shooting his brother in law, Nick Biblehauser, 61, in the head Sunday afternoon. The two men aren't just family, they're neighbors and there's a history of bad blood in the family.
It boiled over, all because of a horse trailer. Mary's husband was parking it in the barn and apparently drove onto his brother-in-law's side of the property line. Biblehauser's son said his dad didn't like that and that's when things got heated.
"I did have my camera out filming because of all the problems we had in the past," Mary said, adding that she stopped filming when the fight escalated and didn't see what happened next.
Fowler told her his brother-in-law attacked him, drew his gun, pointed it in his face, and beat him. The suspect does appear to have a black eye in his mug shot. But Mary said investigators told her they found her brother's gun in his back pocket.
"If they found it in the back pocket somebody placed it there because it wasn't there when he was laying on the ground," she said.
Nick Biblehauser's wife and son declined requests to speak on camera, but acknowledged the family feud. He leaves behind a wife of 37 years and 2 sons.
Biblehauser was a retired machinist who was now driving buses part time for the city of la grange. His visitation will be Tuesday in LaGrange.
Kentucky State Police confirmed that video does not show the shooting. A spokesman said interviews with witnesses at the scene led to the murder charge.
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