Threats to kill multiple people landed two grandparents behind bars after they lost custody of their grandchildren.
Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump
TAYLORSVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Threats to kill multiple people landed two grandparents behind bars after they lost custody of their grandchildren.
Detectives got involved after another family member reported the threats to the Spencer County Sheriff's Office, afraid what they allegedly said might be true.
"The judge has to make the decision that he thinks or feels is in the best interest of the children," said Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump.
Inside the Spencer County Courthouse, a family custody hearing did not turn out how Richard or April Lott had hoped.
"Unfortunately in these situations generally one side is not happy when it is over and one side is," said Stump.
Sheriff Stump said the Lotts' grandchildren were removed from their custody and care prompting some very serious and scary threats.
"It puts us in a position where we have no choice, but to check into it and move forward," said Stump.
According to an arrest warrant, Richard Lott told a family member if he lost his grandchildren to adoption he will go on a killing spree, shooting all involved including the judge, attorney, case workers and possibly the foster parents. It was also reported that Lott owned a lot of guns and ammunition.
"Therefore that raised a few eyebrows and we had to move forward and do a little investigation," said Stump.
The report goes on to state that April Lott told the same family member she had the work and home addresses of the intended targets stored on either a cell phone or laptop. The family member reported this all to investigators.
On Monday, the sheriff's office obtained arrest and search warrants. Stump said it's still unclear if those addresses were found, but extra security will be on guard at the courthouse.
"Everybody has been made aware of what is going on so they can also look out over their own shoulder a little bit and we'll try to make sure we will keep everybody safe," said Stump.
The husband and wife were both charged with retaliating against participant in legal process. They were booked into the Shelby County Detention Center, but have since been released.
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